HUTCHINSON, Kan. (KSNW) – Several church congregations in Hutchinson prayed side by side with first responders and community members on Sunday in a special ceremony honoring the community’s response to the wildfires last month.
It’s a way to count their blessings and thank first responders for their efforts in fighting the Jupiter Hills and Highlands fires, organizers say.
“It’s an opportunity for the community to come together, it’s an opportunity for us to affirm and appreciate the people who have worked very hard for us and get a sense of identity as a community, so very important for us,” senior pastor Michael McGuire of Hutchinson’s Trinity United Methodist Church said.
Clergy members from several area churches offered prayer, song and a special offertory collection to benefit the local group VO-AD which connects resources with those who need them.
Hutchinson Fire Department Interim Chief Doug Hanen expressed his gratitude for the continued support the department is receiving, from near and far.
Community members say they are just happy to express the appreciation they feel.
“I think a lot of times, they get called into really terrible situations and the only time we think about them is when they’re dealing with those terrible situations, so it’s really nice for them to see that even outside of disasters or situations that may not be the best, the community around them supports them and has their back like they have ours,” Lucas Bishop of Hutchinson said.