Chamber backs first responders
Lauren Horsch Sep. 10, 2014 @ 01:34 PM
When John White was approached with the idea of having a breakfast to honor first responders in Durham, he figured there was already an event catering to that group.
He was surprised to find out that there wasn’t.
“No one else was anyone doing it,” he said. White, the vice president for public policy at the Great Durham Chamber of Commerce, jumped at the chance for the chamber to hold the event – especially on a national day of remembrance.
“I could not resist any other day to hold this,” he said.
Thus began the first First Responders Breakfast, which White hopes to make an annual event.
White said events like this have traditionally been put on by chambers of commerce because of their networking capabilities – it also worked in their favor that no one else in the community was offering such an event.
So the chamber reached out to 15 local law enforcement and safety agencies to put on the event. Each of those agencies had the opportunity to either nominate a department of the year or a hero of the year. White said six individuals will be honored as heros and nine departments will be singled out.