First responders from Stafford County, St. John and Hudson were honored at an Appreciation Service sponsored by the St. John-Hudson Ministerial Alliance on April 15.

First responders from St. John, Hudson and Stafford County were honored with a special Appreciation Service on April 15. The St. John-Hudson Ministerial Alliance held the service to recognize the men and women who respond to emergencies, said Raymond Davidson, church representative.

Recognized were the Stafford County Communication Specialists (911 Operators) that includes three who also serve as Tactical Coordinators at the scene of emergencies where they provide a central command and control for all emergency responders. The Stafford County EMS team were recognized for emergency medical services provided for illnesses and accidents.

The St. John Police Department, the Stafford County Sheriff's Office, volunteer firefighters for Stafford County from St. John and Hudson were also recognized.

The service included a prayer, video tributes to the various classes of first responders and a presentation of certificates to each individual. A total of 55 first responders were recognized for a total of 540 years of service to the communities. Several had served only one year and the longest service was 37 years. Many of the EMS personnel also serve as firefighters, Davidson said.

The first responders spouses and significant others were also recognized. These men and women serve as supporters and encouragers of those the serve the communities.

After a closing prayer, refreshments were served as citizens expressed personal appreciation to those who had been recognized.

The churches of the Ministerial Alliance are Eden Valley Church of the Brethren; St. John First Baptist, St. John First Southern Baptist, St. John First United Methodist, St. John the Apostle Catholic, Hudson Trinity Community Church.