VIA thanks first responders with breakfast

Alex Wilson
Posted 3/14/18

GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Local first responders started off an abnormally cold morning with a pleasantly warm breakfast last week.

Members of the Village Improvement Association, as part of their …

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VIA thanks first responders with breakfast

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GREEN COVE SPRINGS – Local first responders started off an abnormally cold morning with a pleasantly warm breakfast last week.

Members of the Village Improvement Association, as part of their “public service month,” welcomed representatives from the Clay County Sheriff’s Department, Clay County Fire Rescue, Florida Highway Patrol and Green Cove Springs Police Department for a breakfast on March 8.

“We’re honoring our first responders by inviting them in and having breakfast with them,” said Theresa Crockett, president of the VIA. “We’re really proud to be able to do that.”

Local leaders, such as Mayor Mitch Timberlake and County Commissioner Diane Hutchings, as well as heads of departments like Clay County Sheriff Darryl Daniels and Green Cove Springs Police Chief Derek Asdot, attended the breakfast, which largely consisted of informal small talk between bites of homemade grits.

“Some of the things [first responders] do, you probably don’t think about,” said Timberlake in his keynote presentation. “They serve in our churches and our schools. Many times, they buy food out of their own pocket for needy people. Those are things that go on behind the scenes.”

Richard Knoff, now a volunteer firefighter and former Green Cove Springs Fire Chief, said he appreciated the effort from the VIA.

“It’s nice for the community to recognize what first responders do, because often times they go unrecognized,” said Knoff.

Lt. Deanscella White, with Clay Fire Rescue, also appreciated the breakfast, noting that it’s rare for all the different departments to have a chance to relax as a group.

“It was great for all of us to get together,” White said. “We don’t have many opportunities like this, we usually just see each other in the field.”

The food disappeared quickly, despite the event only lasting about an hour. As the various guests finished their meals. Each attendee expressed gratitude to the VIA.

“On behalf of the first responders, I just want to thank them for inviting us here and honoring us,” Daniels said. “We thank you for the privilege of being allowed to do what we do. It’s our honor.”

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