First Baptist recognizes first responders [with gallery]

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, June 30, 2015


First Baptist Church Whatley Street honored first responders in Covington County Saturday night with a short services, prayers, and supper.

Andalusia Fire Chief Ethan Dorsey, Andalusia Police Department Officer Mike Abraham, Chief Assistant District Attorney Grace Jeter, Investigator Wes Snodgrass, and retired Trooper Hugh Stinson spoke for their respective departments.

Dorsey, who also is a member of FBC Whatley Street, began his public service career as a police officer in 1983, and has spent 25 years in the fire department, including the past 12 as chief.

“When we respond, we try to save anything we can,” he said. “We treat it just like we would if it were our house on fire.”

Stinson, who retired as a state trooper, had some advice for drivers.

“Don’t argue with a trooper,” he said. “If you do, you’re gonna get a ticket.”

He said he always tried to use humor to diffuse the tension when he had to write tickets. The hardest part of his job, he said, was responding to wrecks when children were involved.

Snodgrass expressed his appreciation to the community.

“I grew up military and never had a hometown,” he said. “Covington County welcomed me, and I cherish everybody in this community.”

Jeter said, “We appreciate all of the first responders. They go into danger every day, and it means more to me than you know. “

Andalusia Mayor Earl Johnson also spoke, thanking the first responders who literally, he said, often hold our lives in their hands, and their wives.

“We have a special place here in Andalusia,” he said. “It’s because of friendships and relationships built in efforts like this one.”

Pastor Darryl Calloway and church member Willie Thomas also spoke.