The Bay County Chamber of Commerce and Tyndall Federal Credit Union will present the “5th Annual First Responders Appreciation Luncheon” on Thursday, October 29th, from 11
a.m. to 1 p.m. at FSU Panama City.
Michael Edwards, co-founder of Humanizing the Badge, will be the keynote
speaker. Humanizing the Badge is an organization that seeks to increase support
of law enforcement and build bridges within the communities they serve. They
started the movement on social media called #WeSeeYou, which encourages the
public to show law enforcement across the United States that they are not alone,
and that they are appreciated. For the
last six years, Officer Edwards has actively served in the Metro Detroit area
in both a public safety capacity (fire/medical/police) and now as a road patrol
officer. Officer Edwards travels across the country and rallies communities to
stand behind those who protect them. Officer Edwards lost his brother in the
line of duty, yet decided to continue serving his community after the tragedy.
First Responders will receive awards in the categories of Multidisciplinary, Line of
Duty and Community. A special
video sponsored by Perry & Young will be shown thanking First Responders for
their commitment and sacrifice. A commemorative challenge coin will be placed
at each seat at the event and every First Responder in Bay County will receive
the coin thanking them for their service to our community. Thank you to Gulf
Coast State College and Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center for sponsoring those
thanks to our sponsors: Tyndall Federal Credit Union, Gulf Coast Regional
Medical Center, Gulf Coast State College, Bay Medical Sacred Heart, Perry &
Young, WMBB-TV, Emerald Coast Hospice and The Eye Center of North Florida.