Crime scenes, fire scenes and accident scenes eventually are cleared, but the spirit of service for those who respond to them remains.
“It’s just in our nature. Just because we clock out at the end of the day doesn’t mean our desire to help goes away,” said Charlie Phipps, with Chatham Emergency Services.
And now local first responders are answering another call and serving their community in another way. Chatham Unity in the Community is a new non-profit organization put together by local firefighters, EMTs and police officers that will hold quarterly fundraising events and distribute the proceeds to other area charities.
“We try to do all we can for the community, but this is so we can get together outside. Instead of being in such a tight work environment, we can actually have fun and try to build a good relationship. Well, we always have a good relationship with the community, but this is to give back,” said Carl Sapp, with Chatham Emergency Services.