Persevering with its objective to honor first responders, the Scorching Springs Knights of Columbus Council 6419 donated $2,000 Tuesday for scholarships for the youngsters of Scorching Springs Police Cpl. Brent Scrimshire, who was killed within the line of responsibility on March 10.
The funds for the scholarship had been taken from cash left over after a set was taken from the parishioners of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church and St. Mary of the Springs Catholic Church to fund the Fourth Annual First Responders 9/11 Breakfast.
“This yr, we had the hurdle of COVID-19, however we put our heads collectively and determined as an alternative of getting one breakfast within the parish corridor, we’d ship breakfasts to the primary responders,” a information launch stated. “We had the most important breakfast so far serving over 1,000 meals.”
“That is the primary yr we have accomplished a scholarship (with the excess cash),” Knights of Columbus member Fred Burban stated, noting in 2019 they used the cash to carry a primary rib dinner for first responders following the breakfast.
“I’m grateful for this group and what they don’t just for 9/11, however the way in which they supported the Scrimshire household,” Scorching Springs Police Chief Chris Chapmond stated Tuesday. “This group continues to point out their love and help for our fallen officer and the youngsters and the spouse of Brent.”
“Each Sept. 11 we have now a ceremony commemorating what occurred on 9/11, however with the emphasis of supporting our first responders,” the Rev. George Sanders, pastor of St. John’s, stated.
“They had been those who responded in 2001 throughout 9/11 however now we need to honor all responders, our police, sheriff, EMTs, state police, those who work within the park, everybody who’s a primary responder we need to honor.
“We feed all of them freed from cost and convey them in to honor them. We transformed 9/11 right into a day to honor first responders. We additionally embrace the nurses and docs on the hospitals,” Sanders stated. “We had some cash given over and above, and it was unanimously determined to present it to the Scrimshire fund to supply scholarships.”
The unique thought for the breakfast got here from Dayton Myers, then a 15-year-old member of the Squires, a youth wing of the Knights, who stated Tuesday on the time there was a variety of controversy about police brutality making the information.
“I felt like we would have liked to honor them,” Myers stated. “All they do is put their lives on the road and shield us each day and they don’t get the appreciation for that they deserve.”
“He steered it to the Knights of Columbus and we knew it was the appropriate factor,” Hans Purkott, a member of the group, stated. “And we honor them countywide, not simply within the metropolis.”
“The outpouring from the group has simply been superb,” Chapmond stated.
The Knights of Columbus, utilizing cash raised from donations to its semiannual rummage gross sales and work initiatives, additionally help scholarships to St. John’s Catholic College, the Challenge HOPE Meals Financial institution, Jackson Home, The Salvation Military of Scorching Springs, St. Mary’s Meals Pantry, Cooperative Christian Ministries and Clinic, The Caring Place, Samaritan Ministries, Changepoint Disaster Heart, Disabled American Veterans and the Faces Basis, the discharge stated.
“With the assistance of our Lord we sit up for one other yr of laborious work and supporting these in want in our group,” it stated.
From left, Hans Purkott, Fred Burban, Father George Sanders, Cpl. Patrick Langley, and Scorching Springs Police Chief Chris Chapmond have their photograph taken following a $2,000 donation to the Scorching Springs Police Division on behalf of the Knights of Columbus at St. John’s Catholic Church on Tuesday, December 23, 2020.-Picture by Grace Brown of The Sentinel-Document