Murphy First Responders Honored on 9/11

Murphy First Responders Honored on 9/11

Regarding why the Exchange Club of Murphy, along with the PTA of McMillen High School, provide breakfast for Murphy’s first responders each year on 9/11, Marv Williams, president of the Exchange Club of Murphy, said, “Patriotism is in my DNA. I'm proud of my son as an Air Force veteran. I desire to help educate this generation on the historical importance of our founding fathers who sacrificed so much for our freedoms. That is why we also promote the Freedom Shrine.” PTA member, Shannon Sadler said, “This is a small way for us to give back to the first responders for all they do.”

Williams gives a reason this annual event is a perfect fit for the Exchange Club of Murphy, “One of our club’s objectives is to support Americanism. That is why we post American flags on six patriotic holidays, one of those being on 9/11.”

In 2015, the first breakfast was held. Williams said, “As a non-profit service organization,
honoring these heroes, who at times put their lives on the line for us, is a simple way of thanking them for their service to our community.”

Murphy Fire Department Lieutenant Jon Tsakonas explained what the date 9/11 means to him, “It is a day to remember where this country has come since that day. On that day, we came together as a country.” Murphy Police Officer Brandon Quimbey said, “Thanksgiving is a national holiday. Today is a thanksgiving for first responders. It is a day to reflect. People in our profession gave the ultimate sacrifice.”

 Members of McMillen’s ROTC program raised the flags to half-staff.

Members of McMillen’s ROTC program raised the flags to half-staff.

Tsakonas and Quimbey told what this breakfast and Murphy’s support means to them. Tsakonas said, “I’ve had the privilege to work with several fire departments. I have never seen as much community support as in Murphy. We are part of the community and I hope it never changes.” Quimbey said, “We are a big city with a small town mentality. I came from a city where, as an officer, I was spit on and pushed. You know in this community if you were in need, they would put on their shoes and buckle their belt to come together to help. You don’t find that in many places this close to Dallas.”

McMillen High School principal, Brian Lyons addressed the 15 Murphy first responders in attendance, “You arrive to McMillen in less than 30 seconds response time, which gives us a great peace of mind. We do this event every year to thank you for what you do for the community. I know your job is not easy. This is the least we can do for you.”

McMillen PTA set up the breakfast, provided the coffee and eating utensils. Exchange Club members brought food donations from Jack-in-the-Box, Chick-Fil-A, Dunkin’ Donuts, O Donuts and Kolache Factory. Exchange Club member, Melissa Papenfus, prepared breakfast burritos.

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