CRESTVIEW — Woodlawn Baptist Church holds a luncheon each year to show appreciation for local first responders.

Pastor George Katsman said approximately 70 firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians attended last year’s luncheon, so he expected at least 80 this year. There were no formal speeches or events planned, just open doors waiting for first responders to come inside and grab a plate of food.

Katsman said a prayer with the group of first responders gathered in the gymnasium, thanking them for their service and asking for their protection. Katsman is a retired firefighter.

Walls and tables were lined with artwork made by the youth at the church, thanking the first responders for their dedication.