First Responder's Day 2016 Newport, DE

We had a blast celebrating Our First Responders on Saturday September 10th.  There was a mix of emotions on Saturday, Gratitude and Hope were the most common theme.  Even with the heat index, people showed up and supported a wonderful cause.  This day was about Our First Responders. We celebrated with food, live music by Playing Mannis, Fire Engine Horns, laughter, water ice, cornhole, water games, photographs, information from SMART911, Motorcycles, Canine Units and great speakers. What made this day even more special, was uniting a young female named Sarah to one of the paramedics named Thomas who cared for her when she overdosed 2 years ago.  

Sarah Herron was able to recognize Thomas Castiglione with "The Sarah Award" to let him know that he "Rescued Hope".  Sarah was able to share her story and testimony that people do recover and she wanted to show her gratitude for paramedics like Thomas for their service. She has great passion for her recovery and she had no hesitation when asked to  present this award because first responders show up when called. So.. Sarah did the same!  Many First Responders see the horror of addiction, but never get to see the hope on the other side.  Hope Street wanted to show Our First Responders that they do make a great positive difference in the community.

"Their mission is Our Lives"  They never expect recognition for doing their job.

We met with Thomas and First Class Paramedic Jessica Duncan who won Hope Street's First Responder's Recognition of Excellence Award this year for her service and for going the extra mile for the addiction community. After the ceremony, we spoke with our two awardees and they told us, "They never get to meet the people they save." We thought they deserved to see the other side of addiction and thought awarding them for their service and uniting them with a life rescued was an excellent way to show appreciation.  

We were honored to have Thomas and Jessica in attendance at our event in Newport, Delaware this past Saturday.  Their gratitude towards us and smiles on their faces made our efforts worth it! 

In addition, we had some amazing guest speakers, including Mayor Michael Spencer from the Town of Newport, Secretary Rita Landgraf from Delaware Health and Social Services, Colonel Elmer Setting from New Castle County Police, Executive Director of Delaware Center for Justice Ashley Biden, and New Castle County Chief of Paramedics Lawrence Tan. We also had some great recovery speakers including; RJ Vied, Thomas Fay and Sarah Herron from Wilmington, Delaware. 

This day was filled with fun activities like; the Canine demonstration with Officer Conine from Wilmington Police and his Canine Partner Exo. Joining them was Newport's very own Tango the Canine. The kids participated and learned a lot from the officers.  Exo made us proud and he is adorable, but a lean, mean, fighting machine. Tango made his debut and the children couldn't stop talking about how much they love Tango.  In addition to the Canine demonstration, we had a much needed water slide and were gracious we had access to water so the kids could play for hours on the blow up water slide provided by Bay Area Inflatables.  It was a joy to be able to watch children and officers laugh, smile and have an enjoyable time at Our First Annual First Responder's Day.

With the help of the community, we were able to make this event happen.  We thank everyone who participated and supported this cause. Let's keep work together. We can't wait for next year!

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Special thanks to Our Angels: Angela Lloyd, Mary June and Marie Allen