To the editor,

2013 is ending and with hope and expectation, we look towards 2014. We at First Friends Church would like to share our appreciation for our local area first responders; city, village, county, and township. We thank you for many and long hours of service to the safety and well-being of our county. You help make our county a safe and a great place to live and raise a family. Appreciation also goes out to the families of our area first responders, many holidays your loved ones are away protecting our county. May God watch over you and families in 2014. Our prayers are for the Lord’s blessings of protection and health for you and families. Thank you; firefighters, local police officers, county Sheriff officers, Highway Patrol officers, and emergency squad personnel for your service and sacrifice for our county.

Pastor Paul Hamrick and First Friends Church

Van Wert