Emergency responders thanked for service
POLSON – Lake County-based first responders from various agencies enjoyed a free lunch provided to them during the First Responder Appreciation Lunch on Saturday at the Search and Rescue Building in Polson.
“It’s just a little thank you letting everyone know they are appreciated,” said Cassey Kinnamon, event organizer.
Throughout the afternoon, members from the Polson Police Department, Ronan Police Department, Montana Highway Patrol, Lake County Sheriff’s Office, Lake County Search and Rescue, countywide ambulance services and various fire departments enjoyed the lunch of sub sandwiches, chili, hot dogs and sweets.
Jared Bell, who has been with Lake County Search and Rescue for more than a decade, said seeing the community come out and support the responders means a lot. “I have a lot of volunteer members that put in a ton of hours and work for the community. It’s nice for the team to get recognized.”
Kinnamon said more than 60 first responders showed up during the day to pick up a bite to eat. Montana singer songwriter Rob Quist performed some of his original music for the honored first responders throughout the afternoon. Afterward, Kinnamon and her team delivered leftovers to stations with responders who were unable to attend.
Along with the celebration, donations were collected in support of Montana Highway Patrol Trooper Wade Palmer who is in critical care at University Hospital in Salt Lake City after being shot while on duty in Evaro on March 15.