For the second time, the Greater Minden Chamber’s First Responder Appreciation Event on September 11 will be open to the public.
Sponsored by Town & Country Health and Rehab, the fourth annual event will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the Minden Recreation Center soccer fields. Chamber President Stephanie Barnette said the idea behind the event is to bring businesses and the community together to honor local first responders and show support for those who work every day to keep us safe.
“We feel it is important for our citizens to have the chance to interact with first responders in a light-hearted environment and to give them the opportunity to say “thank you” to our everyday heroes,” she said. “We are encouraging our first responders to come out and participate and bring their families with them as well. The spouses and children deserve recognition too – they are a huge part of the first responder family.”
All local EMS, police, fire, wildlife and fisheries, probation and parole, and state agencies are invited to take part.
“The night includes emergency vehicles to explore including a helicopter, as well as carnival games, face painting, vendor booths, bounce houses, music, food and drinks, and more,” Barnette said.
To close the festivities, Minden Fire Captain and licensed pyrotechnic Brent Hunt with Bistineau Blasters Fireworks will provide a fireworks show at dusk.
For more information, contact the Chamber office at 318-377-4240.
Sponsors of the event to date include City of Minden, KASO/KBEF, Minden Medical Center, Bistineau Blasters, Coca Cola Bottling Co of Minden, Minden Family Dental, Meadowview Health & Rehab, The Wimberly Agency, The Gardner Group, Lagniappe Montessori, United Way of NWLA, D.C. PAWN, Citizens National Bank, Fibrebond Corporation, Pafford EMS, David Raines Community Health Center, Graf Orthodontics, Gibsland Bank & Trust, Northwest LA Technical College, Living Word Minden, Carter Federal Credit Union, AT&T Louisiana, Jeanne Martin State Farm, Carter Federal Credit Union.