Published in the September 7, 2016 edition


LYNNFIELD — The Lynnfield Rotary Club’s first annual First Responders Day event will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 13 from 5:45–7 p.m. on the Town Common.

The event is designed to honor the town’s first responders as well as remember the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. There will be a brief ceremony from 5:45–6 p.m., which will be followed by a free barbecue sponsored by the Rotary Club.

“We are going to highlight some of the great things our first responders are doing in addition to memorializing the victims of Sept. 11,” said Rotary Club Board of Directors member Jason Kimball in an interview with the Villager.

Kimball said recently the club came up with the First Responders Day event in the wake of five Dallas, Texas police officers and three Baton Rouge, La. police officers being shot and killed earlier this summer. He said the event is designed to recognized local first responders and thank them for their contributions to the community.

The Rotary Club will be donating all proceeds from First Responders Day to local fire and police associations.

“We are doing very well with fundraising,” said Kimball. “We have had a lot of people who want to help us put on First Responders Day. The best way to support us is to come out and support our first responders.”

Kimball said recently the Rotary Club hopes First Responders Day will become a new fall tradition, similar to the club’s Chicken Barbecue which came to an end last year.