Griggs Elementary second-grader Max Burcham was one of hundreds of students who lined Carol Plantation Road Wednesday morning, holding signs, waving and smiling as fire trucks and other vehicles driven by Tillman’s Corner first responders passed by.
Max and his classmates know the first responders keep them safe. That’s why students colored signs saying “Thank you” and held American flags.
“They are great,” he said.
“I’m happy that we have them,” said Lallie Hays, a fourth-grader. “If we didn’t have them, a lot of people would lose their lives.”
The first responders were gathering at a community center adjacent to the Griggs campus for an appreciation breakfast. Gov. Robert Bentley was supposed to land in a helicopter on Griggs’ recreation field, but he had to cancel due to health issues.
Cheerleaders from Hankins Middle came out to show their support.
“Sometimes we do not give them the credit they deserve,” said eighth-grader Alexis Sankone. “We don’t think about them every day, even though they are out there doing stuff for us every day.”