The Second Annual First Responders Appreciation Day is Saturday in Oak Ridge.
There are two events: an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast in the morning to raise money for the family of Maryville Police Department Officer Kenny Moats and a ceremony in the evening to honor local first responders.
The First Responders Appreciation Day is on Saturday, September 17, at Swifty’s Atomic Bar & Grill at 119 South Illinois Avenue in Oak Ridge.
The fundraising pancake breakfast is from 8 a.m. to noon at Swifty’s. The donation is $10. Moats was shot and killed while responding to a domestic violence call in late August.
The ceremony honoring local first responders starts at 5 p.m. Saturday in Swifty’s parking area. The ceremony will include officials from the City of Oak Ridge, Anderson County, and the State of Tennessee, a press release said. There will be an End of Watch Candlelight Vigil to honor fallen officers for the past year. It’s a family-friendly event with face painting for children. Southern Steel will provide music; Fast N’ Classy Car Club and Smokey Mountain Mustangs will display their vehicles. First responders will display vehicles also.
Be sure to bring lawn chairs and your own shade or sunscreen, the press release said.
If you want to participate in the End of Watch Candlelight Vigil to honor fallen officers please bring a candle, lighter, or cell phone.
The members of the First Responders Appreciation Group of Oak Ridge are Tonya Duncan, Becky Hodge, Kevin Rice, Tony Scott, and Anthony Allen.
More information will be added as it becomes available.
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