Cuyahoga Falls will celebrate the second annual “First Responders Appreciation Day,” an all-day celebration of the service men and women who are first to respond to emergencies and disasters, on Sunday, Sept. 21. The event is sponsored by Western Reserve Hospital, the City of Cuyahoga Falls and the Cuyahoga Falls Fire and Police Departments.
First Responders Day - Sunday, Sept. 21
“First responders bravely serve the community and act as our first line of defense during emergencies that are often dangerous or unpredictable,” said Cuyahoga Falls Mayor Don Walters. “First Responders Appreciation Day is a chance for the community to say ‘thank you’ to these unsung heroes who come to the rescue when called.”
The free event will be held from noon – 6 p.m. in Falls River Square. The schedule includes an address from Mayor Don Walters to commence the festivities, followed by a variety of family-friendly activities that include face painting, service trucks on display, rock wall climbing, police K-9 demonstrations, Paws and Prayers with adoptable animals, live music, giveaways, raffles and much more. All attending first responders will be entered into a drawing to win great prizes.
“We have a close relationship with our first responders, and we often see their courageous efforts impact lives in a meaningful way,” said Dr. Robert Kent, President and CEO, Western Reserve Hospital. “We’re very proud of our first responders, and this is just one way that we can collectively celebrate and show our appreciation for the excellent work that they do.”
Kindergarten through fifth grade students also participated in a poster contest leading up to the event. Students submitted posters to their teachers showing first responders in action or what first responders mean to the community. Based on the poster’s creativity, four winners — two boys and two girls — will be selected to receive new bicycles as prizes.
Western Reserve Hospital works closely with the city of Cuyahoga Falls and its first responders, actively supporting the local community with frequent outreach efforts that help promote the health and well-being of the community and its surrounding areas. With outpatient departments in Stow, Kent, Hudson, Green and Streetsboro, Western Reserve Hospital is also committed to providing the highest-quality patient care to the region.