By An Appreciative Los Alamos Police and Fire Chaplain
Notification went out through fliers and emails, as it has for the past 10 years, that the Annual Police and Firefighter Appreciation Dinner was to take place Dec. 17 at the First United Methodist Church. The menu would include prime rib and/or smoked salmon. The announcement also stated “bring your families and allow us the privilege and blessing of serving you. Retirees are also invited to attend.”
For the past 10 years Susan Nava and her husband Dennis Trumblee and an unbelievable number of volunteers of all ages have organized this incredible event to show appreciation to the First Responders of Los Alamos County. The First United Methodist Church and the Bethlehem Evangelical Lutheran Church and their congregations also have been mainstays for the past decade. Chef Steve Wallin and his crew, which includes James Auchampaugh have donated their time and delicious talent to serve up a fabulous smoked prime rib, salmon and sausage dinner, with all the trimmings, for those who are blessed to attend.
The love is so very much in the details, for there are a lot of very thoughtful details, which include door prizes specific to the police and firefighters and their families. Each family also may pose in front of a beautiful winter scene and have their portraits taken and immediately receive two copies. Each first responder received a “goody bag” filled with a box of assorted homemade cookies and two hand-painted ornaments with a special “Thank You” painted on one of the ornaments. This year they added a special memorial to all the first responders we lost across the nation in 2016. How very kind to honor those who gave their lives in service.
I would like to thank the many, many people who work so diligently to put this lovely event together and to let them know their hard work is most appreciated. This is the only community event, that I know of, to say Thank You to our first responders and their families. I know the firefighters and officers look forward to this dinner and the time together, for it is not very often they get a chance to share a wonderful meal and introduce their families and catch-up with each other in such a caring and loving atmosphere.
Thank you so much, for your kindness and thoughtfulness is most appreciated!