Festival Celebrates First Responders

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Updated: Wed, 06 Aug 2014 08:12:27 EST

The Guardian Centers is a world class training facility, right here in Perry, for military and law enforcement. Soon, the heroes who train there will be celebrated and the public will have the opportunity to learn how they respond to emergencies.

“It's a chance to learn about disasters, disaster preparedness, and what happens when they pick up the phone and dial 9-1-1...who's coming to help them," explains Jeff Taylor.  Taylor is a current military serviceman and is one of the coordinators of Hero Fest.  He says Hero Fest was started by military members to honor the armed forces, police, firemen, and EMT.

"We understand what it means to serve and sacrifice, along with our families, and it's an opportunity to kind of present that to the public maybe in a way they've not seen yet," Taylor explains.

But it's not a ceremony; it's a day full of fun and activities.  For just $10 per car load, families can listen to live music, attend a preparedness fair, and enjoy food and activities, like riding in an army helicopter or visiting a military base camp. 

Another big part of the festival is the Disaster Run, which includes a 10k and obstacle course through buildings similar to ones first responders go through in real life emergencies.

This is an all-day event, and for those who are concerned about missing the Georgia football game, Taylor says they've got that covered...showing it on a 50 foot screen.  "No point in missing the game, but you can do that right here with us," says Taylor.

The festival will be held Saturday, September 13th, from 8am to 8pm.  Proceeds from the fest will go to charities that support first responders.  For information on this event, go to www.DisasterRun.com or visit the Facebook page Hero Fest 14.

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