Friday, Life Care Center continued a tradition that started in 2020 with a First Responders Day picnic at the West Economy Road location.

It was a combination of the old and new, the “First Fire Engine” belonging to the Morristown Fire Department was there, along with many ringing the better than 100-year-old bell. More modern units, including a ladder truck used for present-day fires, along with personnel staffing it, were also present.

Life Care Center Executive Director Victoria Bowen explained Life Care’s commitment to thanking the first responders.

“This week has been National Nursing Home Week,” she said. “We always try to celebrate every single day. Friday we like to put on something good for our staff and residents, but we also wanted to include our first responders to say thank you to them.”

The event acts as a “Thank You” to the first responders, she said.

“We thank them for everything they do and continue to do for us all of the time,” she said. “They have truly been wonderful to us and we can’t thank them enough for everything they do. We wanted to show them our appreciation and include them in our nursing home week celebration.”

First responders from Morristown Fire Department stations five and six, as well as Morristown Police Department officers and Hamblen County Sheriff’s deputies also came by to consume a hot dog, potato salad, pasta salad, chips and drinks.

Activities included a banjo player, a singer inside the facility and more. Several different hospice and healthcare companies Amedisys, Avalon, UT Hospice, and DeWitt Place advertised their services on the property.

“When we asked them if they wanted to participate, they were just so excited and also wanted to say a big thank you to our first responders,” she said.

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