Area first responders recognized for their service

DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) — Dothan Police Sergeant Jason Adkins still remembers exactly where he was on September 11, 2001.

“My first child was being born,: said Sgt. Adkins. "I was at Flowers Hospital.”

He can sum it all up in one word – scary.

“We turned on the TV on and the first plane had crashed and 5, 10 seconds later, the next plane was flying in and they were talking about it.”

Monday, Sgt. Adkins was among many area first responders who enjoyed a buffet lunch - all compliments of The Terrace at Grove Park in Dothan.

“We still have so many first responders throughout our nation that even because of and in spite of 9-11 continue to answer the call every day,” said Battalion Chief Chris Etheredge, Dothan Fire Dept. “It’s very important that we stop and never forget.”

“We really appreciate everything that they do," said Sheila Bryan, Administrator at The Terrace at Grove Park.

Bryan says they've been hosting the luncheon for a number of years.

"We enjoy having them here and want them to mingle with our residents, talk and just enjoy a meal with us,” said Bryan.

That meal – sweeter than dessert.

“Means a lot because you know that people actually care about you and think about you,” said Sgt. Adkins.

An outpouring of gratitude to those who currently protect and serve - and a way to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice 16 years ago.