CPI Security and dozens of other people showed their support and appreciation to first responders in Wake County on Friday, Sept. 24.
CPI Security was the title sponsor of the annual First Responders Appreciation Breakfast in Raleigh last Friday. The breakfast is held at the Raleigh Convention & Performing Arts Center to thank first responders including law enforcement, firefighters, and medical personnel.
CPI Security’s Chief Government and Community Relations Officer, Kerr Putney, delivered opening remarks before several agencies were honored for their service. Putney, a former first responder himself, joined CPI Security after a nearly 29-year-career in law enforcement.
“There are people out there willing to lose everything, including their lives, to serve others,” Putney said. “There are two words I have to say to you for that, and they are simply: Thank You. Those two words you haven’t heard enough in the last 2 to 3 years. We realize that, but those two words, you earn every day.”
Twenty years after the attacks on 9/11, CPI Security honors the first responders who paid the ultimate sacrifice to protect our country. Their willingness to run toward danger on behalf of others is what sets first responders apart from others.
“You don’t have the luxury not to answer the call when an alarm goes off,” Putney said. “You don’t have the luxury to turn away and run when bad things are happening. You have to run to it.”
CPI Security recognizes and appreciates the bravery, dedication, and commitment first responders exemplify daily. We are proud to be the title sponsor of an event that publicly honors and gives thanks to the brave men and women who keep our communities safe.
The people who make up the following agencies were honored for their service:
- Wake County Emergency Medical Services
- Wake County Sheriff’s Office
- Raleigh-Wake County Emergency Communications Center
- City of Raleigh Fire Department
- City of Raleigh Police Department
- N.C. Highway Patrol
- North Carolina Department of Public Safety, Division of Emergency Management
- State Capitol Police
- North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
A portion of the proceeds from the breakfast will benefit The 200 Club of Wake County, a nonprofit that provides financial assistance for the spouse and children of local first responders who have lost their lives in the line of duty.