By Charlotte Underwood
County Commissioner Robert Higginbotham read two proclamations declaring June 21, 2021, as First Responder Appreciation Day in Campbell County. One proclamation was to thank those that serve on the “front lines of Campbell County’s health care and public health service,” while the other proclamation was geared in appreciation of local fire departments, both paid and volunteer and all that they do.
“Campbell County has a dedicated group of men and women who save lives and reduce disabilities and help the critically ill and injured 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” Higginbotham said.
According to Higginbotham emergency responders cover more than 498 square miles within the county and serve 40,000-plus citizens.
LaFollette Fire Chief Jimmy Pack, along with County Ambulance Director Bruce Perkins and Jeff Bond with Vital Care Medical Transportation accepted the certificates on behalf of the departments.
Perkins told commissioners he appreciated the support of the county. “The Campbell County EMS and its employees really appreciate the support of the commission and the support of all the citizens of the county. We work hard every day and we really appreciate this recognition,” Perkins said.
Bond also thanked commissioners on behalf of Vital Care. “Vital Care thanks you very much. My dad started with the county service and later when he couldn’t stand being retired, he started the private service, and we’re still here carrying on his dream,” Bond said.
LaFollette Fire Chief Pack thanked commissioners for their support and recognition on behalf of the city of LaFollette.
The commission also has plaques for all the other county/city fire departments, both rescue squads and the Campbell County Rural Fire Service, but due to Monday evening’s storm representatives from other departments were unable to attend the meeting. According to Higginbotham, he will make sure those plaques are delivered or picked up.
“Campbell County appreciates the extraordinary efforts and sacrifices made by our emergency responders and their families as they serve our beloved county,” Higginbotham said. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 06/22/2021-6AM-UPDATED 06/22/2021-11AM))