First responders, military honored in early July 4th ceremony

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A local group honored first responders and military officers in an early Independence Day celebration.

The First Pentecostal Church of Baton Rouge held a service, recognizing those who have served in the military, but they added a twist. Those who serve in local and state law enforcement and fire departments were also recognized for their contributions to the public.

The ceremony was an emotional reminder of their daily service.

Sgt. Dustin Hebert of the Army National Guard said they appreciate the support that was shown on Sunday.

"There's a lot of people that don't always support what we do, but for the church to stand up and say we're going to honor these guys for what they do- [It] shows they care and have compassion for what we do and understand what we do," said Hebert.

Sgt Johnnie Hebert of the Louisiana State Police Troop A said that it meant a lot to be acknowledged by the community. He said, "We're recognized for our service and contributions to the community. It's always nice to have the community recognize you and appreciate you."

There were about 100 people in attendance at the service.

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