On October 23, 2014, the Bay County Chamber of Commerce and Tyndall Federal Credit Union held the 4th Annual First Responders Appreciation Luncheon. Local Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS, and Dispatch were honored at the Bay Point Wyndham.
Chief Mark T. Giuliano, Fire Emergency Services Flight, 96th Civil Engineer Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base served as the Keynote speaker for the event. Chief Giuliano spoke on the challenges of being a First Responder and how Bay County should be proud to be home to these brave men and women.
Awards were given our in the categories of Line of Duty, Multidisciplinary, and Community Service. Christopher Taylor with the Panama City Police Department took home the Line of Duty award, Kevin French with the NWFL Beaches International Airport Fire Department received the Multidisciplinary award and Jamey Wright with the Panama City Beach Police Department won the Community Service award. Congratulations to all of these outstanding First Responders.
LASIK for Heroes sponsored by Emerald Coast Hospice and the Eye Center of North Florida presented the 2014 winner, Panama City Firefighter, Cole Suggs, with free LASIK eye surgery. Bay County Firefighter, Brent Gibson, was also presented with the complimentary eye surgery.
A special appreciation video was shown that was produced by the Bay County Chamber of Commerce and WMBB-TV. The video features local officials and First Responders. To view the project, click here. Thank you to Perry & Young for your sponsorship of this piece.
A challenge coin was placed at the seat of everyone in attendance and boxes were sent to each department in Bay County to thank First Responders for their service. The donation of coins was made possible by Gulf Coast State College and Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center.
Special thanks to our sponsors: Tyndall Federal Credit Union, Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center, Gulf Coast State College, Perry & Young, WMBB-TV, Emerald Coast Hospice, The Eye Center of North Florida, Bay Medical Sacred Heart, Superior Residences of Panama City Beach, and Gulf Power.