Knights of Columbus honors first responders with dinner
By BY ERIN PRADIA - EPRADIA@VICAD.COM
Sept. 20, 2011 at 4:20 a.m.
The Knights of Columbus Council No. 9088 hosted its 24th annual appreciation supper for public servants on Tuesday.
"We invite all the public servants just to say thanks," said Grand Knight Charles Bluntzer. "We hope they enjoy the evening."
About 220 first responders attended the event, including police officers, firefighters, troopers, deputies, emergency service personnel and members of Victoria County Probation Department and Texas Parks & Wildlife.
In honor of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, the theme of this public servants' appreciation supper was "I am my brother's keeper."
"They have a dinner like this about the same time every year for those who serve the community," said Adam Luther who works with the Victoria Fire Department. "Everybody knows they have the best chicken fried steak around."
Holy Family Catholic Church's brass band, Rusty Steins, played musical selections during the happy half-hour opening, followed by dinner served by the Knights of Columbus and a key note speech by state Sen. Glenn Hegar, of Katy.
Richard Jones who retired as police chief four years ago and now works with the Texas Department of Public Safety with boarder security operations, said he has attended the event for several years.
"It is really nice that they do this for us," Jones said. "It's very special to me and very thoughtful that they would spend their time, energy and money to make this happen."
Victoria Fire Department Lt. Ryan Keller attended the dinner for the first time Tuesday night. He heard about the dinner through a fire department email.
"I feel honored. I really do," Keller said. "People are taking the time out to recognize us. This is a special occasion."