Saturday, Oct. 2, was a fun day for residents and emergency services personnel alike, as people gathered at Everett athletic field to honor and celebrate those who spend their days protecting the community.
The annual Emergency Services Community Day brought out personnel from, among others, the Blount County Sheriff’s Office, Maryville and Alcoa police departments and the fire departments from Alcoa, Maryville and Blount County.
“It went really well. A lot of people showed up, and it was an absolutely beautiful day for it,” said Marian O’Briant, public information officers with the Blount County Sheriff’s Office.
K-9 Hansen, who died of heat exhaustion during a search for juveniles during the humid, hot days of June, was honored. “His handler Deputy Chris Morgan and his first handler Deputy Sam Tucker were given plaques, as were Bob and Eunice Hansen,” she said. “He was named after the couple because they have supported the K-9 unit through the years, and the K-9 unit to them is like their family.”
O’Briant said there was a SWAT demonstration from MPD and Blount County Sheriff’s Office had their Corrections Emergency Response Team do a demonstration. There also were also inflatables for kids to jump on, she said.
“We started doing this after 9/11 as an appreciation to emergency services for the community to come out and see everything we do,” she said.
Firefighter Russell Brewer with the Maryville Fire Department said the day went well. “We had a good turnout,” said Brewer. “We set up with Alcoa Fire Department with our Quint (truck) and their big ladder truck and put up a big flag that hung down so when people entered, they drove under the flag.”
The Maryville Fire Department personnel also demonstrated how to rescue someone who is hurt from off the side of a building.
“Firefighter Sarah Breid repelled halfway down the building and then another firefighter, Rob Woods, repelled down and did a pick-off and took her off her rope and put her onto his rope and brought her safely to the ground,” he said. “Then we had on display our technical rescue trailer where we keep confined space and high angle rescue equipment.”
Maryville Police and Fire Chief Tony Crisp was pleased with the turnout and the work from the fire and police personnel.
“There was a good turnout,” he said. “I think the men and women of all the emergency services organizations put together a good program, and it was real nice day.”
Alcoa Police Chief Ken Burge said the day is a good event the community puts on to show appreciation to emergency services personnel.
“I think the fact the community in this county takes time to acknowledge and celebrate the law enforcement of the county is a tremendously nice thing,” he said. “I know all the officers really appreciate it. They work hard and for the community to come forward and recognize them is tremendous. It does a lot for morale and for their positive attitude.”
Alcoa Fire Department Deputy Chief Jim Whaley said the department sent two firefighters with the ladder truck. “There were a lot of people who came by, and they showed them the truck. They had a good day,” he said.