EAST FELICIANA PARISH, LA (WAFB) - Monday, September 14th, at the end of most work shifts, people will gather in the gazebo on Main Street in Jackson for a prayer service followed by a reception.
Tammy Garig with Wilson Police says the gathering is a heart-felt appreciation for the work of police, fire, and emergency medical workers
Though Wilson and Jackson have not suffered a fallen officer in recent days, you may have seen East Feliciana officers pause for a moment of silence September 4th to remember the killing of Texas police officer Derron Goforth.
"It just affects all of us in law enforcement," Tammy Garig explains, "Because we never know when it's gonna be one of us. We're all a brotherhood and sisterhood and you never know when it's maybe gonna be your partner."
Garig said all of East Feliciana's first responder agencies took part in the memorial, and it was almost a year ago when a memorial to fallen officers was installed outside the historic Clinton courthouse. The monument displays the badges from all of the agencies and a statue of an officer.
Monday's special observation was the brainchild of Susan Lawson Guillory and Mary Hidalgo. They not only thought of the need for an appreciation event, but will bake the cookies, get others to contribute snacks and spread a very nice reception table.
Garig says Mary Hidalgo has felt the pain of loss. Her son was Baton Rouge Canine Officer Mark Beck, who was killed in an off-duty crash. Since that tragedy, Mary and her husband Eldridge visit small police departments and make sure the officers have bullet-proof vests. If they don't, the Hidalgos raise the money to equip them.
The East Feliciana Courthouse grounds will fill with happy faces in the gazebo wanting to thank the parish's first responders, Monday September 14th at 5 p.m.