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‘Thank you for being the gatekeepers’

‘Thank you for being the gatekeepers’
First responders from a variety of Wilson County fire departments, law-enforcement agencies, and emergency medical services enjoy a Nov. 20 appreciation luncheon, hosted by The Den and the city of La Vernia.

“You were called long before this day to do what you do,” said Pastor Bobby Nixon of Hope Church, La Vernia.

He was addressing the first responders of Wilson County gathered at The Den in La Vernia for an appreciation luncheon to acknowledge their efforts Nov. 5, in the wake of the shootings in the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs.

Referencing the book of Nehemiah in the Bible, Nixon outlined the role of gatekeepers: They protect the Lord’s house, keep the people on the right path, and keep watch.

“I’ve just described your job,” he told the representatives of Wilson County’s law-enforcement agencies, fire departments, and emergency medical services. Many in attendance responded to the shooting scene just two weeks ago. Also present were members of AirLife, the Texas Rangers, and county officials.

“Thank you for being the gatekeepers,” Nixon said. “Through your jobs, you provide safety, confidence, and peace for our communities.”

La Vernia Mayor Robert Gregory opened the event, hosted by the city of La Vernia and Levi McBee of The Den.

“I am truly humbled to be in this room with everybody here,” Gregory told the gathering, and thanked everyone for their service.

“Our community will be forever grateful,” he concluded.

Wilson County Judge Richard L. “Dickie” Jackson also offered remarks, and accepted a plaque from Gilbert La Fuente of U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar’s office, honoring all the county’s agencies for their response in the wake of the shootings.

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