Bay County Chamber of Commerce

Bay County Chamber of Commerce

235 West 5th Street

Panama City, FL 32401


Phone: 850.785.5206

Fax: 850.763.6229





2015 First Responders Appreciation
October 5, 2015

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.


Officer 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.


Three 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 coins.


Special 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.


If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact one of our staff members.




The mission of the Bay County Chamber of Commerce is to create superior value for all chamber members large and small, cultivate economic and personal development, promote and protect a competitive system of business, be a community leader while embracing Bay County’s opportunities and challenges.


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