FFA hosts breakfast for first responders

The Park View High School Future Farmers of America (FFA) chapter on Saturday morning hosted its first ever First Responders Breakfast.
The students extended invitations to every emergency response agency in the county, including all fire departments, rescue squads and law enforcement agencies.
“We just really wanted to do something positive for the community,” said Park View FFA President and senior Alexis Smith. “And we wanted to thank the first responders for all that they do.”
“We went to both the east and west ends of Mecklenburg to unite the county,” FFA advisor and Park View teacher Carole Euting added.
Smith said she got the idea for hosting the breakfast from another FFA chapter that held an appreciation banquet for local law enforcement in their area.
“I am a first responder myself,” Smith said, “so we wanted to include all responders.”
As a junior member of Southside Rescue Squad, Smith decided to include all first responder agencies in the county, and after three months of planning the event and reaching out for support, they were proudly able to host the breakfast on Saturday.
She was joined by fellow FFA members Courtney Lewis, Kasie Smith, Kelci Spence and FFA Chapter Vice President Dwight Dean.
Members representing South Hill and La Crosse police departments, South Hill, La Crosse, Lake Gaston, Boydton and Buckhorn Volunteer Fire Departments, Southside Rescue Squad and Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s Office attended the event, each offered breakfast and thanked for the job they do.
Smith noted that Mecklenburg’s emergency dispatchers will be invited to attend the event next year.
Smith, as well as her fellow FFA chapter members who assisted in hosting the event, would like to thank members of the community for their support and making the event possible.
The event’s sponsors include Avenue Florist and Design, Boyd Honda, Clarksville Ace Hardware, Crop Production Services, Freeman Auto, Hite’s Fashion, Parker Oil, Perimeter Services, Southside Medical Management, Trinity Custom Embroidery, United Country Virginia Realty, Providence United Methodist Church, Mr. Herman Lundy and Mr. William Solari.
The event’s door prizes were courtesy of Boyd Honda, Clarksville Fine Jewelry, Hardee Ford, Horseshoe restaurant, Lamplighter Restaurant, Trinity Custom Embroidery, Extreme Signs and Morningstar Bed and Bath.
Smith, who has been a member of the FFA since middle school, said although she will be attending college next year, is hoping that the annual event will gain in support and popularity in the years to come.