Greene County residents say 'thank you' to first responders

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Employees at one Region 8 bank decided to thank the people who work hard every day to keep their community safe.

A fish fry for first responders was held at the First National Bank location in Paragould on Friday.

Business Development Officer for First National Bank, Neely Branch, says this was something she and fellow employees felt they needed to do. "This is just a way for First National Bank to give back and say thank you to all these groups of people who serve Greene County and the citizens of Greene County."

Around 200 volunteer firemen, local law enforcement officials, state troopers, members of the Arkansas Game and Fish, and EMS first responders dropped in to enjoy some good food and good company.

Paragould Police Department Corporal Stephen Pace says gestures like this mean a lot to him and his fellow officers. "It does mean more than a thank you. It's from deep down. We're out there putting our lives on the line day in and day out. It really does hit home and it makes you feel glad that you're out here helping the community."

Neely says they invited around three hundred people to stop by. "All the people who come when our citizens in Paragould and the outer lying cities need help. Those are the people we wanted to thank for all they do."

Corporal Pace says he was thrilled when he heard what First National Bank employees had planned. "This is quite an honor because a lot of people don't do things like this for all the first responders and that really, it's better than just a thank you. It's an honor for them to do this for the people who are out there putting their lives on the line every day. This was very nice of First National Bank."

Neely says they're thinking about continuing the fish fry. "First National Bank is not only in Paragould. It's also in Jonesboro and Corning and we're considering doing this event in those communities, as well."

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