Local businesses team up to honor police, firefighters Friday, Saturday

(The following is a press release from St. Joseph Hospice of South Mississippi.  For more details on the events of July 22 and 23, call 601-261-2515 or 601-268-3993.)

St. Joseph Hospice of South Mississippi in partnership with Papa John's Pizza, Java Werks Coffeehouse, and others are proud to present a weekend of activities to honor our first responders and to raise funds for the Hattiesburg Police and Fire Benevolent Funds. All events are open to the public and all proceeds go to benefit HPD/HFD Benevolent Funds. Hattiesburg Mayor Johnny Dupree has proclaimed July 22-23, 2016, "First Responders are Superheroes Weekend" in the Hattiesburg Metro area.

Friday evening, July 22, 2016, Brookdale Senior Living of Hattiesburg hosts an improv comedy show featuring Hardy Action Theatre. Admission is just $4 and refreshments will be served. The show is open to the public and starts at 6:00 PM.

Saturday, July 23, 2016, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM is a FREE Touch-A-Truck First Responder version at Java Werks Coffeehouse, across from USM main gate, Hattiesburg. Kids will be allowed to safely get up close and personal with fire trucks, ambulances, rescue vehicles, and police vehicles. There will be children's activities inside the coffeehouse throughout the day. Featured for this event will be Batman and the 1989 Batmobile and the Ghostbusters and Ecto-1 (Ghostbusters car). Funds raised on donation basis. Admission is free. Papa John's Pizza will be selling pizza on site by the slice and donating the proceeds to the HPD/HFD Benevolent Funds.

At 2:00 PM there will be a special presentation for the Hattiesburg area first responders who are participating including Hattiesburg Fire Department, Hattiesburg Police Department, Red Cross Disaster Response Team, Forrest & Lamar County Sheriff's Departments, and the Mississippi Highway Patrol. This time will also be used as a prayer vigil for law enforcement across the Nation. Other law enforcement agencies from across the Pine Belt have been invited to participate in the vigil.

For more information call 601-261-2515 or 601-268-3993.