RUSK COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The Rusk County District Attorney’s backyard was the safest place in East Texas Tuesday afternoon.
The sheriff’s office, police departments, fire departments, judges, attorneys, Texas Rangers, Child Protective Services, DPS, EMS, all sitting under one tent.
“It started out that we served 30, maybe,” Rusk County District Attorney’s wife, Mona Jimerson has been hosting the first responder appreciation luncheon for 15 years.
“The last few years we have served right at 500,” Jimerson says.
“Everyone under this tent just works together all year long seamlessly and it’s really nice to get a chance to enjoy each other’s company and hopefully not have anything happen except for enjoyment and fellowship,” Henderson police department Lt. Brian Bathke says.
This year, the Christmas feast went a little differently, as 350 first responders received their very own security camera system for their homes.
“I petitioned the company, signed up for the grant, and we were able to get it approved for every first responder in Rusk County,” State Farm agent David Powell says.
David Powell is a state farm agent in Henderson, with an extensive law enforcement background and with a little luck, Powell was able to receive enough grant money to provide safety and security they provide us every day.
“When the very worst things happen to us, they show up and while they are coming and leaving the comfort of their homes, to come make sure they were are okay,” Powell says.
The security systems will be installed in each first responders house so that they can see what is going on inside their home with their phone, at all times.