Free Golf for First Responders

Today through Thursday all police officers, active duty military, EMS and firefighters are invited to the Oaks Golf Club in Pass Christian for a free round of golf.
This is just one way of saying thank you for a vital service provided to the community that recently has often gone unappreciated.
Recent events in Dallas and Baton Rouge have law enforcement agencies across the nation on high alert. The crime police are fighting is against them. This is a scary thought for Officer David Spence. “I was flagged down and under a normal circumstance, I would have thought ‘you know, this is just a regular person flagging me down, no big deal.’ But the other day, it was kind of in the back of my mind is this person flagging me down to cause harm or maybe flagging me down just to say hey. You never would have had that thought before.”
Spence also works at the Oaks Golf Club in Pass Christian. As a sign of appreciation for law enforcement officers and all first responders, the golf club is offering them free rounds of golf Tuesday through Thursday of this week. Oaks Golf Club General Manager Russ Bloom said, “In our community, in Pass Christian and the Mississippi Gulf Coast, we want our first responders to know that the community is behind them and we appreciate them and respect what they do every day. As a golf course, this is our little part to show that we really do truly appreciate them.”
Many of the first responders out here taking advantage of the offer are avid golfers. They say they appreciate the gesture because it helps them have some fun while taking their mind off the chaos surrounding the nation. Flight nurse Lonnie Necaise said, “I just think it shows a great outpouring of support that we’re starting to see along here, along the Coast for all fire and EMS and it really means a lot.”
Aaron Powell is a firefighter in Biloxi. He says the nation’s recent events have them on high alert as well. “It’s definitely something that sticks in the back of your mind, especially being a first responder. Sometimes we’re the first on the scene. Sometimes we’re second behind the PD. You always have that thought in the back of your head of what’s going to happen when we get there.”
For now, they’re just enjoying a nice day of golf and relaxation before returning to the line of duty.
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