For the second year, the Hardin County Angels of Care hosted an event to support and show appreciation for law enforcement officers and personnel, first responders, and city and county officials.
The lunch event is always free for law enforcement and first responders and the public was invited to attend and enjoy lunch for $10.
Lumberton Chief of Police Danny Sullins opened the event by recognizing several law enforcement and first responder employees in attendance.
“We are really blessed in Hardin County to have the brotherhood and sisterhood that we have here,” said Chief Sullins.
Hardin County Angels of Care founder Faye Alston addressed the special guests saying, “You all are the angels of care. We thank y’all for all you do.”
Silence fell upon the crowd as everyone stood to listen to the sounds of a bagpipe being played.
“In the last three weeks our department has had four officers assaulted,” said Sullins. “It seems like it’s getting worse. It’s nice to have the support of the public that we enjoy so much in Hardin County and southeast Texas. It’s a good place to be a cop.”
Before lunch was served, attendees viewed a video narrated by Chief Sullins that showed a montage of photos of local law enforcement officers and first responders.
Alston expressed appreciation to everyone who helped make the event possible; “Without all of the sponsors and volunteers, this would not be happening.”
Lunch was provided by a variety of local restaurants and businesses such as Walmart (Silsbee and Lumberton), Buffalo Wild Wings, Longhorn Steakhouse, Chilis (Silsbee), Casa Ole (Silsbee), Zummo Meat Co., Boogie & Tootsie’s, Going’s BBQ, Boutte’s Boudain, Rafael’s Mexican Restaurant, Novrozsky’s, Sonic (US 96), and Catfish Kitchen (Beaumont). Numerous local businesses sponsored this event.
Lynette Barks with the Hardin County Angels of Care said their organization focuses on raising money for children who are in need of medical care. However, the police and first responders are important to them as well, she says. Regarding the sponsors and individuals who stepped up to help the Hardin County Angels of Care, Barks said “It’s phenomenal how many people have helped.”
Representatives from the Hardin County Sheriff’s Office, Lumberton Police, Kountze Police, Silsbee Police, Sour Lake Police, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Department of Public Safety, along with Hardin County officials and personnel attended the luncheon.
Considering the support they have received from the community, Chief Sullins says, “It means the world to us, especially with everything going on in the world right now.