Beechwood Neighborhood Coalition holds dinner for first responders and community

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — The community held a special event to recognize first responders for their commitment to public safety.

Rochester’s Beechwood Neighborhood Coalition held its annual dinner for EMTs, firefighters, and police.

After starting as a police recognition dinner, it’s grown to involve emergency responders as well as citizen groups like Pathways to Peace.

It’s their way of saying thank you and fostering a conversation between public servants and the community.

“I think it’s important both ways,” said Kyle Crandall of the Beechwood Neighborhood Coalition. “I think it’s important for members of the community that they are getting to know those people that are going to respond first in any emergency in the community and it’s important for first responders to be able to get to know people in the community and the only way to do that”

 The event is in its 30th year. It was held at East High School. The meal was prepared by students in East’s culinary program.