2021 First Responder’s Appreciation Luncheon

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On November 19th, the Bay County Chamber of Commerce held the Annual First Responders Appreciation Luncheon presented by Tyndall Federal Credit Union.  Local Law Enforcement, Fire, EMS and Communications were honored at FSU Panama City as the business community came together to show their thankfulness and gratitude.

During the event, Dr. Mario Pulido, Chief Medical Officer at Ascension Sacred Heart Bay introduced the keynote speaker, Kevin Guthrie, Director of the Florida Department of Emergency Management.  Director Guthrie was appointed to Chief of Staff to the Department by Governor Rick Scott in October 2018 and in 2019, Governor Ron DeSantis appointed him as the Director of the Department where his primary focus as is to coordinate efforts among all  State agencies, counties and municipalities in dealing with natural and man-made disasters.  

A challenge coin was placed at the seat of everyone in attendance at the luncheon.  Dr. John Holdnak, President of Gulf Coast State College and Brad Griffin, CEO of Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center, spoke about the history of the challenge coin and as a way to show our gratefulness, presented all Bay County First Responders with a coin. 

Gigi Kady, Emerald Coast Hospice presented three First Responders of the Year Awards.  These awards were given to those who have went above and beyond their call of duty to better Bay County.  Congratulations to our award winners:  Firefighter Terry Parris, Panama City Beach Fire & Rescue; EMS Jessica Lundeen, Bay County Emergency Services and Deputy Casey Melton, Bay County Sheriff’s Office.

The luncheon ended with a special video sponsored by Verizon.  This video features local officials and can be viewed by clicking the link below.

2021 First Responders Appreciation Video

Thank you to our sponsors for supporting this event:

Presenting:  Tyndall Federal Credit Union

Keynote:  Ascension Sacred Heart

Award: Emerald Coast Hospice

Coin Sponsors:  Gulf Coast State College & Gulf Coast Regional Medical Center

Lunch: RC Weddings & Events

Video: Verizon

Gold:  WMBB and UF ShandCair