More than 100 Heart of Cary Association members and business leaders honored the Town of Cary First Responders on October 6, Thursday, from 7:30 to 9 a.m. at The Matthews House, 317 W. Chatham Street, Cary, NC.

The event began with CoCo McMillan singing our National Anthem. The Town of Cary Police Chief Terry Sult and Fire Chief Mike Cooper along with 45 First Responders joined The Heart of Cary Association (HoCA) for breakfast and a special presentation that includes a Town of Cary proclamation designating October 28th as First Responders Appreciation Day. In Cary, Public Safety professionals are comprised of almost 600 Police officers, Fire fighters, and Emergency Communications officers who serve as first responders.

Watch the video with highlights from the event.

Downtown Cary businesses and HoCA members donated certificates, gifts, and homemade cookies to create appreciation bags and baskets that also included handmade cards created by community members at the Downtown Cary Fall Festival, as well as students at Grace Christian, Cary High, Panther Creek High, West Cary Middle, Reedy Creek Middle, and Cardinal Charter Academy.

“Thank you, to all of our first responders for serving and keeping our communities safe. We are especially grateful for those who serve locally and for those who call Cary home! You and your family‘s sacrifice does not go unnoticed,” said Liza Weidle, Heart of Cary Association Vice President.

National First Responders Day is October 28 and recognizes the heroic men and women who make it their business to take immediate action when disaster strikes. Congress made October 28 National First Responders Day in 2017 and the resolution passed through the senate in 2019.

“I encourage all citizens to take a moment to thank our first responders for their endless, around the clock services to the community,” said Cary Mayor Harold Weinbrecht.

 How to Observe National First Responders’ Appreciation Day

  1. Say “Thanks!” Whether it’s getting your family to write personalized thank you cards or baking some cookies for local firefighters, there are many ways to share your gratitude.
  2. Raise money. Research how to help finance equipment and resources for first responders. Help those who dare to risk it all.
  3. Volunteer. Maybe you’re looking to donate your own time and support. Don’t feel the need to be a hero — just help when you can. Take a CPR course if possible.

First Responder Basket Sponsors: Ashworth Drugs, Brecotea, Cary Integrative Health, Crosstown Pub and Grill, EQ Ministries, Exchange Club of Greater Cary, Fresh Ice Cream, Frito Lay, Grammy’s Gourmet Pretzels, Grace Christian School, Healthy But Good, Once in a Blue Moon Bakery, Koni Zachar – Cruise Planners with Esteamed Coffee gift cards, 919 Spine, Scott Korbin Team – COMPASS for Cary Pottery gifts, and FRS Communications.

About the Heart of Cary Association: Celebrating 25 years of serving the community by informing, engaging, supporting and empowering merchants, organizations, and residents of Downtown Cary.

We do it by hosting membership meetings that feature speakers, announcements on current events in downtown and a meal. We also host events that bring people to downtown Cary and political forums. Members are encouraged to become involved through committees and by serving on the Board of Directors.


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