The Harrison Highlanders played a set of songs for the crowd at the yearly day celebrating the dedicated first responders and peace officers of the District of Kent. Nina Grossman/The Observer

The Harrison Highlanders played a set of songs for the crowd at the yearly day celebrating the dedicated first responders and peace officers of the District of Kent. Nina Grossman/The Observer

Community honors work of first responders and peace officers

Locals gather for 9th Annual Peace Officers First Responders Appreciation Day

Sunday’s ninth annual Peace Officers and First Responders Appreciation Day at the All Saints Anglican Church saw a great community turnout and a number of Commercial Vehicle Safety and Enforcement officers.

Vicar and priest-in-charge David Price was a prison chaplain for 22 years and has seen the dedication it takes to work in the field.

As a trained PTSD counsellor, Price knows the cost that can be paid by those who respond to tragic or difficult situations.

According to the Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention, mental and emotional trauma led to 39 first responder suicides in Canada in 2015.

“Today we appreciate who they are and what they do, how they always have to be on call to serve us and keep our society safe,” Price says.

Harrison mayor Leo Facio and Reverend David Price sit with with CVSE members and their family members at the 9th annual Peace Officers First Responders Appreciation Day at the All Saints Anglican Church Sunday. Nina Grossman/The Observer

Harrison mayor Leo Facio and Reverend David Price sit with with CVSE members and their family members at the 9th annual Peace Officers First Responders Appreciation Day at the All Saints Anglican Church Sunday. Nina Grossman/The Observer