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First responders honored at dinner

TUPELO, Miss. (WTVA) — The CREATE Foundation honored Lee County's first responders Thursday night.

"They put their life on the line day in and day out," Tupelo Fire Department Chief Thomas Walker said.

But, that doesn't scare them, they see it as just another day at work.

"They do it because they love it," Walker said.

Foundation Chairman, Greg Pirkle, said the dinner is just a small token of appreciation for all the great work they do.

"Whenever we can be honored it really is an honor to be recognized," Walker said.

Also at the dinner, the foundation announced the start the Gale Stauffer Memorial Scholarship Fund.

"We want to show that we appreciate them and that their sacrifice means something to us," Pirkle.

The foundation has set aside $10,000 for the scholarship.

Children of first responders starting college may apply for it.

"I don't know of any other entity that has come together quite like this," Tupelo Police Chief Bart Aguirre said.

Since Sergeant Stauffer's death last December, Chief Aguirre said more and more people are becoming aware of the sacrifices first responders make each day.

"It gives them an idea of what we really deal with," Aguirre said.

It's that realization that makes all the difference to these hometown heroes.

Pirkle said the scholarship is expected to grow every year.

The foundation is hoping members of the community will contribute. 





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