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Fresh from the Fourth of July parade in Mehoopany, this Triton fire truck made its way to East Lemon where firefighters and other first responders were honored with a barbecue Saturday.

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An army of volunteers was on hand to show their appreciation for the emergency responders.

A local church took time out of its normal routine Saturday, July 6, to publicly thank some of the emergency responders in the region.

East Lemon United Methodist Church which sits just off Route 92 about midway between Tunkhannock and Factoryville had a barbecue for members of Triton Hose Company, Lake Carey Fire Company, Tunkhannock Community Ambulance Company, and local law enforcement to thank them.

East Lemon Pastor Eric Watkins said, “The point of today is to let you - both the first responders and your families - know how much we appreciate all of the sacrifices you make to serve and better our local communities. It is because of all of you that we can rest easier knowing that you will be there during some of our darkest hours.”

Looking over at 92-year-old Agnes Dickson, who through various venues helped train a couple of generations of first responders in addition to raising a family, and then looking at those assembled, he added, “We know that it is out of your compassion and love that you serve this community and beyond. So, we take this all too brief a moment to recognize and applaud your service.”

Pastor Watkins also noted that from time to time and at different points in our lives, we all need to rely on someone else to help us.

“So, I just want to remind everyone here that when life becomes too hard for us, we can always turn to Jesus Christ for help whenever we need him, similar to the way that we can turn to you to provide us help when it is most needed,” Watkins said.

The barbecue was spearheaded by Eddie Robinson and Michelle Shotwell and an army of volunteers who tried not to let the 90 degree-plus heat get to them.

A treat for members of the East Lemon community was to have a Triton fire engine pull in a little after 11 a.m.

Triton assistant fire chief Eric Kukuchka said the apparatus had just come from Mehoopany’s Fourth of July parade, and the members aboard had been looking forward to the barbecue, and always enjoy being among the people the fire company serves.

As an additional thank you, the church prepared goodie bags for the responders with water and snacks to keep them going on especially tough days.

Triton chief Randy White thanked Robinson and the minister for coordinating the good time, and appreciated the idea of it being an annual event.