Group honors local first responders in Patriot Day ceremony

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

BARBOURVILLE, Ky. (WYMT) - On the anniversary of the September 11th terrorist attacks, Forcht Bank hosted a Patriot's Day event to honor and thank local first responders.

Hundreds gathered in the Forcht Bank parking lot in Barbourville to honor police, firefighters, first responders, and the military.

"Words cannot express our sincere appreciation for all that these have done and all our local heroes continue to do," a pastor said during the ceremony.

They read 172 names of those who served or are currently serving Knox County.

They honored those killed while on duty.

They prayed for those still putting their lives on the line each day.

"We're very appreciative first of all of course for the community's support. You know, those guys we're here to celebrate today have paved the way for us. I'm very appreciative and those guys are my heroes," said Mike Broughton, Barbourville Police Department.

"I think it's great the community responded and come to show their gratitude and support for the first responders who do their part each day to keep them safe," said Mike Smith, a retired KSP Trooper.

"Words can't even express the thanks we want to give them because I'm sure many people have become in need and they've been there for them, so without them our community wouldn't be what it is today," said Quentin Young with Forcht Bank.

Forcht Bank employees also provided lunch to the first responders and others attending the ceremony.

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