A first responders appreciation community barbecue for police, firefighters and paramedics is scheduled to take place in Saugeen Shores Wednesday, September 12th.
Vice Deputy Mayor Diane Huber is organizing the event, which is not a Town initiative but rather is being hosted by a number of service groups.
"In a small town, the first people at the scene of an accident or any emergency, they often know the people involved and so it's a very important job but it also has the potential to be very stressful," says Huber.
She says the idea behind the barbecue which is new this year, is for the community to be able to say 'Thank you."
Paramedics, police and firefighters will be at Jubilee Park on Victoria Street behind the Fire Hall in Southampton from 5 to 7 p.m. MP Ben Lobb and Mayor Mike Smith will also be there.
The event is by donation. There will be small hot dogs for kids, ballpark hot dogs for adults, burgers, veggie burgers, fruit, vegetable and treats like cookies.
Huber says the Queen's Bar and Grill has created a special First Responder's Punch, which is non-alcoholic.
Huber says people will be able to write messages on post-it notes that will go onto a board. That board will make its way around the police, fire and EMS stations so first responders can read the notes from the community.