LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - Wayne Farms in Laurel held its annual luncheon for area law enforcement, fire fighters and dispatchers at the Laurel Train Depot on Wednesday.
Management at the company said that it is the least they can do to show their appreciation for those who sacrifice so much to keep the public safe and sound.
Jones County Sheriff Alex Hodge said that law enforcement is a special calling, and he is thankful for all support shown to everyone involved in the field, whether it is a sheriff's deputy, a firefighter, a dispatcher or EMT.
"We don't get into this career field for the money; we don't get into it for accolades, fame or fortune." Hodge said, "We got into it because it's a calling and to have that acknowledged by a slap on the back or a meal, it's appreciated but we are called not to be served but to serve."
This was the 16th year that Wayne Farms has held its annual law enforcement appreciation luncheon.