Rotary Announces First Responders Appreciation Week

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 9, 2017)  The Rotary Club of Lexington is encouraging businesses, restaurants and schools around the city to show appreciation to those who protect and serve during the inaugural First Responders Appreciation Week, May 22 – 26.

“The goal is to give our First Responders a week they will never forget,” Mayor Jim Gray said. (Watch video from event.)

Businesses, restaurants and schools interested in participating are invited to visit to learn more and sign up with a special program or promotion for first responders.

Rotary Club members Greg Howard, a retired Lexington police captain, and Paul Chartier came up with the idea for First Responders Week.

“As someone who served in law enforcement for 40 years, I know the value of kind words and encouragement to our public servants,” Howard said.

Chartier said getting kids involved was especially important to the Rotary Club. “School children are making cards that will be delivered to our police and firefighters to thank them,” he said. “We wanted plant the seed with these children that our police and firefighters are heroes in our community.”

 One highlight of the week will be a Rotary Club luncheon, on Thursday, May 25, for the heads of Lexington’s law enforcement agencies.