G.T. Norman students honor firefighters, EMTs, police
REED CITY — Voices singing "Thank you" echoed just as much as the smiling faces gleamed of appreciation.
G.T. Norman Elementary students recognized local first responders, police officers, dispatchers and EMTs on Thursday as part of Heroes Day at the school.
The event combined songs and displays, paying tribute to the different professionals and volunteers who serve the community every day.
"We want to honor first responders, dispatchers, police, firefighters and EMTs," said special education teacher Pam Bloom, opening the celebration. "Many of them go to work every morning not knowing what they will have to do that day."
Stacey Gilland's kindergarteners, Ronette Boltze's second-graders, Kylene Nix's first-graders and Julie Garner's third-graders made special tribute presentations for each of the different services.
Retired Reed City Fire Chief Ron Westerburg shared with students his thoughts on having to wake up at the sound of the pager going off early in the morning when he was sleeping.
"You get used to it," he told students.
Those in attendance watched a "Day in the Life of a First Responder" video, as well as one about K-9 officers.
Osceola County Sheriff's Deputies Jed Avery with his K-9 partner Ryker and Sgt. Mark Moore with K-9 partner Chase received the loudest applause from students.
Moore shared what happens to Chase when his day of work is done.
"He comes home with me," he explained.
Ryker and Chase both received doggie treats and dental treats.
Following the celebration, the heroes spent a few minutes with students signing autographs and eating cookies.