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A salute to first responders

September 12, 2018
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Nikki Dotson Merritt Wayne County emergency personnel and first responders were recognized for the services given to communities by Cash Express, LLC.

As part of the 17th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, CEO of Cash Express, LLC Gary McNabb is once again reflecting on the event by recognizing first responders in the Tri-State.

The business on Tuesday donated 20 cakes to departments throughout Kentucky and West Virginia including several in Wayne County.

“As much as I would like to forget ... there is one memory I want to hold onto, one that I will cherish as the deepest and most lasting of Sept. 11, 2001,” McNabb said. “It is the memory of the heroism and selflessness demonstrated by law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians who went about their business that day without concern for their own safety and without consideration for the magnitude of what they were confronting.”

McNabb said he supposes the word “first responders” was around before the tragedy, but doesnt remember it being used before.

“It caught on with me because it succenctly and accuratly captures not only what these public servants do, but it says something about who they are,” he said.

He added that using the anniversary of 9/11 as an opportunity to refresh and rekindle feelings for first responders is a good thing.

“It’s a simple, but meaningful was to say ’Thank you first responders, we salute you.”

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