Photo by Kierra Pixler
The VFW Post 4008 held an Emergency Services Appreciation Luncheon to show their support to Belton Police Officers and all first responders after recent attacks across the nation.

Luncheon honors nation’s fallen police officers

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By Kierra Pixler
Correspondent

On July 18, the VFW post 4008 in Belton held a luncheon for local first responders and in the memory of fallen police officers from Dallas, Baton Rouge, Louisiana and other parts of the country.
“We know who it feels especially on the police side, to lose a comrade in action, we also know how it feels to lose a new officer,” said Commander of VFW post 4008 Loy Gardner II.
The event started when Mary and John Pratt took some homemade cookies down to the Belton Police Department to show their appreciation for what the men and women in blue do for our country every day. They sat down and spoke with Police Chief Gene Ellis about the issues of the last few weeks where the country and Texas lost officers and about how the community in Bell County has reached out to show their support.
“Well the officers and the fireman who where there said nothing but good things and thanked us for taking the time from our schedule to meet them and to support them,” said Gardner.
I feel just like how we did when we came back from the Vietnam era and we were spit on and cussed out and stuff like that and they didn’t understand that we had a duty to do for our country,” said Gardner.
Police officers are sworn to protect and serve the community.
“They (citizens) have to understand that sometimes police officers get misinterpreted by their actions, but they have procedures that they have to follow and sometimes people don’t understand that you only see part of the story.
“I just want to thank the police, fire department and all the officers in Bell County for their service. I will sponsor them again anytime,” said Gardner.
Many of the local first responders attended the luncheon and were encouraged by the support of the community.
“The overall message is that we’re honoured to serve such a dynamic community like Belton and it touched our hearts when organizations like the VFW reach out to first responders. We consider it a privilege to have such a great communities of partners.”
The VFW plans to host an annual appreciation luncheon.
“We were extremely appreciative of it and we’ve had an outpouring of support since the incident in Dallas on July 7,” Ellis said.
For more information about the VFW call (254) 939-7159.from the Vietnam era and we were spit on and cussed out and stuff like that and they didn’t understand that we had a duty to do for our country,” said Gardner.
Police officers are sworn to protect and serve the community.
“They (citizens) have to understand that sometimes police officers get misinterpreted by their actions, but they have procedures that they have to follow and sometimes people don’t understand that you only see part of the story.
“I just want to thank the police, fire department and all the officers in Bell County for their service. I will sponsor them again anytime,” said Gardner.
Many of the local first responders attended the luncheon and were encouraged by the support of the community.
“The overall message is that we’re honoured to serve such a dynamic community like Belton and it touched our hearts when organizations like the VFW reach out to first responders. We consider it a privilege to have such a great communities of partners.”
The VFW plans to host an annual appreciation luncheon.
“We were extremely appreciative of it and we’ve had an outpouring of support since the incident in Dallas on July 7,” Ellis said.
For more information about the VFW call (254) 939-7159.