Appreciation dinner held for local first responders

The inaugural First Responder Appreciation dinner was Saturday, Feb. 3 at the Community Building in El Dorado. Carlson and Kirby-Morris funeral homes of El Dorado put on the event, which was held to show gratitude to various groups of first responders in Butler County. Kansas Bureau of Investigations Director Kirk Thompson was the guest speaker, and Bernard's Catering provided the meal.
Organizations formally recognized were the Butler County Sheriff Department, Butler County Emergency Medical Services, Butler County Emergency Communications, the Butler County Rescue Squad, the Butler County Coroner's Office, Emergency Management Volunteer Responders, the Burns Volunteer Fire Department, the Towanda Volunteer Fire Department, the Leon Volunteer Fire Department, the Rosalia Volunteer Fire Department, the Butler County Jail, the El Dorado Police Department, the El Dorado Fire Department and Kansas Wildlife & Parks Rangers.
"We work with these folks a lot," Brad Yazel, managing partner of Carlon and Kirby-Morris, said.
Yazel wanted the first responders who attended to simply have some food, enjoy themselves and relax. Those who came received a commemoration pin as well.
"I was very impressed. I think we had a great turnout for the first one. It couldn't have been better. I think Butler County has a great community of first responders, and tonight was a nice way to honor them," Kelly Herzet, Butler County Sheriff, said.
Yazel hopes the event can be repeated every year.