First Responders honored at Blue Mass

By Tiffany Jackson | tjackson@wmbb.com

Published 08/25 2016 07:32PM

Updated 08/25 2016 07:32PM

They serve our community 24/7, but Thursday, several law enforcement officers, firefighters and EMT's took some time out. They gathered for a Blue Mass service at Saint Dominic Catholic Church.
 
"It was my first time being a part of a Blue Mass," said Father Michael Nixon.
 
Blue Mass is the same catholic mass service, but the message is geared towards showing gratitude for first responders.
 
"The big takeaway that I heard in the service for me personally was just to be a better person. It just gives me a little more insight into who I should be to give back to the community for who I am and what I am and what we stand for as a fire service in general," said Chief Michael Laramore, Springfield Fire Department.
 
"So many people throughout the country have that gratitude, have that love for those who put their life on the line and this gives us a concrete time and place where we can say thank you and not just with our words, but also with our prayer," said Father Nixon.
 
After the Blue Mass, Father Michael went outside to bless the fleet.
 
"So as Catholic's we bless everything," said Father Nixon.
 
Fire trucks and ambulances from local agencies lined up for the blessing.
 
"So that even as they step into those vehicles on a daily basis for the difficult times and the challenging times and the exciting times and even the mundane times that there's grace as they go to work and there's grace as they answer those calls and that our prayers go with them," said Father Nixon.
 
"Police, fire, EMS, military, everybody's coming together as one and doing it for a cause and it's unity for the community and that's what it's all about. It's what we do for them and now it's just nice that they're giving back to us," said Chief Laramore.
 
The Blue Mass service is celebrated in catholic churches across the nation.

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