Fort Payne, AL – Officer Jonathan Phillips with the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles organized the Northeast Alabama Law Enforcement Wellness Summit on Thursday, which provided an educational course for first responders in the community.
The six-hour continuing education course, Trauma of Being a Responder, focused on the mental, emotional and physical health of first responders. The first 50 attendees received a free lunch and care bags containing a law enforcement devotional book.
The event also hosted Bulletproof Marriage author Adam Davis who spoke about marriage to first responders and military couples.
ABPP Senior Probation and Parole Officer Jamie Lawrence and Officer Nicholas Hill packed and delivered the lunches for attendees. Local community members volunteered at the event too.
Officer Phillips said, “this is a great way to build relationships in the community between all agencies and also get the community involved in appreciating our responders.”
The class was held at the City of Fort Payne Auditorium, and lunch was at the Fort Payne Rotary Club Pavilion. The use of both venues was donated by the City of Fort Payne. The Fort Payne Lowe’s provided water, Fast Fixin Foods of Boaz, Ala. donated barbecue pork and Gary Nicholas cooked other lunch items. The Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles would like to thank these providers.