First responders, elementary students in Charleston, MO come together in rememberance of 9/11
CHARLESTON, Mo (KBSI) – Warren E Hearnes Elementary School is hosting a ‘Patriot Day Luncheon’.
Rescue workers who serve the Charleston R-1 School District had lunch with the elementary students to remember the importance of 9/11.
The students were all smiles as local firefighters, EMS, police, and even Highway Patrol sat beside them to enjoy lunch.
Food services director, Katrina Woodworth says the luncheon is a custom now.
“In honor of 911 they’re our hero’s, they’re our local hero’s so it’s just a tradition now. Its every year.” Says Katrina Woodworth.
Missouri state highway patrol trooper James Williams could be seen giving high fives and hugs out today as well.
First responders get to show a side of themselves they can’t always share while on duty.
“It keeps a great community bridge between law enforcement and first responders with youth in the community, says Williams.”” It lets them see us in a different role. That were not always the bad guy. We get to get out and talk with the kids and have fun.”
This is the sixth year the elementary school has held the luncheon, and they plan to continue for many years to come.