LONDON, Ky. (WYMT) - Sunday was the first Sunday service at the future site of the new Souls' Harbor Church. That service honored first responders, military members, elected officials, and the three men who died in the Air Evac Lifeteam helicopter crash in Manchester on June 6th, as well as their families.
The service at Soul's Harbor Church featured song, prayer, and honoring the ones who- keep us safe.
"At least we as a community and a church can say 'thank you' and 'our appreciation goes out to you.' And we want them to know that we recognize what they do," said Pastor Ronnie Ball, the pastor.
The service also aimed to recognize what it takes to be a first responder.
"Heart. It's the heart of the people and the goodness of the people that want to try to help each other to help mankind," said Chief Paul Collins, the Chief of the Lily Volunteer Fire Department.
The familes of the crash victims were also honored. The pastor says Eddy Sizemore attended Souls' Harbor Church for two years.
"He was just a wonderful, kind, compassionate person," said Pastor Ball.
Eddie Sizemore's daughter, Kacey Bolton, says he would have appreciated Sunday's service, and services like these help family members through the pain of losing a loved one.
"Without all the love and support, we wouldn't be able to even move on and it's great comfort. It's great comfort to help us through this," Bolton said.
Two medical helicopter flyovers were planned for the service, but both were called to duty.
There will also be a firework show at the future Souls' Harbor Church property at 9 p.m. tonight.
The address for the future site of Souls' Harbor Church is 4726 West Laurel Road in London. The pastor says it is just under five miles from I-75 going west on Highway 192.