BREWER – Woodlands Senior Living Centers across the state are hosting first responders appreciation barbecues.
On Wednesday, around 20 responders from the Bangor area attended one in Brewer.
“Every year we take some time to thank first responders for not just what they do for Woodland Senior Living, but the community,” said Kathleen Olsen, the Executive Director of the Brewer branch.
First responders and their family members were treated to smoked chicken, macaroni and cheese, corn muffins and fresh squeezed lemonade.
For those who couldn’t make it over, volunteers brought meals to the regional dispatch center.
“We’re very grateful they thought of us, typically we’re behind the scenes and don’t get seen, so we’re so grateful they brought us dinner,” said Joshua Lilley, the deputy director of the Penobscot County Regional Communications Center.
PRCC has 31 employees, with people there around the clock.
“They are truly, the first, first responders,” Lilley added. “They don’t typically get seen, but heard and they play a crucial role in getting help to the public.”
Olsen said they do this annually to remind first responders how truly appreciated they are.
“They do a lot for us,” she said. “They’re always here when our residents need them for falls or transports to the emergency department.”