Today, the Nashville Fire Department held their annual Commendation Ceremony. At the event, Mayor Karl Dean and Interim Director Billy Lynch recognized 77 organizations, citizens, fire fighters, fire officers, and paramedics for their everyday service that betters our neighborhoods.
Hands On Nashville and its Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service volunteers were among those who were recognized with an “Organization Appreciation Award.” Between January 14 and 16, 2012, more than 750 volunteers completed 28 painting projects held in 12 fire stations across the city. As part of these projects, volunteers directly interacted with Nashville Fire Department staff, receiving fire safety instructions and witnessing firsthand the remarkable work fire fighters, fire officers, and paramedics do to protect and serve our community every day.
Hands On Nashville volunteers often state that by serving, “they get more than they give.” That sentiment was repetitively echoed in MLK Day volunteers’ testimonials, including this one:
“I enjoyed being there, meeting new people, and getting to be a part of something important. I feel like the firemen appreciated it [our painting]. Being able to give back to them with my service is the closest way that I can say ‘thank you’ for what they do.”
‘Thank you’ to the Nashville Fire Department for opening its doors to Hands On Nashville volunteers and to the event’s presenting sponsor, Jackson. We appreciated the opportunities to apply fresh coats of Glidden Professional Paint in 12 deserving fire stations and to show our community’s appreciation for your life- and property-saving work. You are our heroes.
In closing, please know how honored Hands On Nashville and its volunteers are to receive a Nashville Fire Department “Organization Appreciation Award.” We’re humbled to be among this grouping of 77 remarkable award recipients – many of whom put themselves in harm’s way to protect and serve Nashville.