Local group holds Christmas Eve candlelight vigil to honor first responders

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Early Monday morning the distress call came in to Kathy Hooper, but this time, it was the first responders who needed help.

"We got a phone call at 1:30 in the morning that said some of our officers are not motivated, they're depressed, they need to know that people are behind them," said Hooper, a former police officer for 11 years.

With only 48 hours to plan, Hooper and other organizers with North Alabama Thin Line Support held a candlelight vigil outside of the Huntsville Police Department Wednesday night to show their appreciation for local police officers and other first responders.

More than 50 people attended the Christmas Eve ceremony, including Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and Huntsville Police Chief Lewis Morris, as a small symbol of support for the responders' big sacrifices.

"If they can give us 24-7 for their holidays, we can give them an hour," said Hooper.

From children who idealize their careers, to adults who cherish their protection, the gathering of supporters on a holiday night helped to lift up the public servants who serve and protect us all.

If you would like to learn about more ways to support our local first responders, click here.

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