Firefighters honored as 'hometown heroes'

Jul. 06, 2014 @ 10:03 AM

Firefighters face some of the most dangerously hot conditions all year long. In the summer, those conditions are magnified with the increase in temperatures. For firemen with the Thomasville Fire Department, however, summer just got a little cooler.

As a way to thank the hometown heroes throughout the southeast United States, Kangaroo Express held a promotion to present first responders with a token of appreciation. The company presented TFD firemen with free ROO Cups on Tuesday in honor of their contributions to protect Chair City residents.

The ROO Cup is Kangaroo Express’ collectible cup that can be refilled with any fountain or frozen beverage for just 25 cents through Sept. 30. Kangaroo Express encouraged fans to visit its Facebook page and nominate their favorite hometown heroes for its promotion.

“Fans were encouraged to nominate first responders – firefighters, police officers, paramedics, teachers and nurses – to honor them for their hard work and dedication,” said Jessica Highsmith with Largemouth Communications, a public relations firm representing Kangaroo Express. “The community nominated Thomasville Fire Department.”

Users left a comment explaining why he or she thinks the institution should win. Providing the name of the organization, location, the specific department or unit and the number of people in the group, their nominations helped determine winners who were chosen June 23.

Before they resumed their duties at the fire station Tuesday, Jonathan Hedrick, Kevin Alphin, Adam Oakley and Cpt. Richard Waddell took the time to accept their cups and express their appreciation for the presentation.