The Father Crann Council Knights of Columbus Co. 3313 of Sealy recognized the Sealy area First Responders with an appreciation dinner, Saturday, Feb. 25 at the Sealy Knights of Columbus Club Hall. The event was a low key with a social starting at 6 p.m., and a roast pork dinner with trimmings and dessert served at 7 p.m. A sizeable crowd was present to enjoy the relaxed event considering that a number of our “first responders” were manning their shifts, since most agencies must maintain 24/7 staffing.
This first-time event sponsored by the Sealy KC Council grew out of discussions months ago by council members recognizing the daily peril our first responders face, and also sacrifice themselves in protecting us, our families and our property in our Sealy community. This entails first responders in our immediate Sealy community, our Austin County Sherriff’s Department, Austin County EMS, Sealy Police Department, Sealy ISD Police Department and Sealy Fire Department. In the past year, we all have, at times, been struck with awe at events that have unraveled in our country and time after time, our first responders placed themselves in peril trying to protect our citizens and restore order. In many situations, they were required to perform in heroic events to help the injured or to save property from further damage. These personnel are exposed to daily stress as their spouses and families must also be cognizant of potential dangers they face every day just trying to do their job.
Sealy KC Grand Knight Mark Faldyn said “that many times we take our first responders for granted and that they will just be there when we need them. The fact is that it takes a special calling for these men and women to want to sacrifice themselves daily in protecting us, our families, and our property”. Faldyn further commented, “If they were in it for the money, there are a lot of better paying professions. Many times their effort and dedication to our community goes unappreciated, and we just wanted to give back to them a little, to show what they do is greatly appreciated.”
The Sealy KC’s hope to make this an annual event and will review scheduling challenges to reach out to more of the first responders to partake of the event.