First responders to be recognized at two luncheons in September

A large crowd turned out to last year's First Responders Appreciation Luncheon, held at the Cleveland Senior Citizens Center on Sept. 18. (File photo)

September is First Responders Appreciation Month and to make sure that all men and women who serve as police, firefighters, EMS, game wardens, police dispatchers and wrecker drivers feel appreciated by their community, local businesses are teaming up to host the Second Annual First Responders Appreciation Luncheon.

Staff members of the hospitals in Liberty and Cleveland are also invited to attend.

This year, instead of hosting an event in one community, which limits who can attend, the luncheon is being split between two days – Sept. 24-25, according to Kem Kirkham-Arnold, of New Caney-based Texas Elite Hospice. Kirkham-Arnold is spearheading the event with her business partner, Steve Primeaux, and with the support of Bluebonnet News, Pace-Stancil Funeral Home and Trinity Armory.

The two lunches will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at the Hartel Building, 318 San Jacinto St., Liberty, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at the Stancil Exposition Center’s log cabin. The meal on both days will be barbecue, potato salad, baked beans, bread and a drink. Bluebonnet News is providing bread pudding and other desserts.

“Come on out and enjoy a free meal,” said Kirkham-Arnold.

Trinity Armory is donated door prizes to the event. Any other business that is interested in sponsoring food items, drinks or door prizes should contact Kirkham-Arnold by texting 281-659-5747 or sending email to

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