HARKER HEIGHTS, TX — Community leaders partnered with first responders on Thursday to learn about the job and raise money for a first responder memorial.
The Vision XXI class with the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce stopped by the fire department for a Quality of Life Day to learn more about what the department does. Class members had the chance to participate in a number of activities including trying on bunker gear and participating in various drills.
Not only is the class learning about what our first responders do, they are also fundraising to build a first responders memorial for the fire department.
"So the memorial is kind of a class project, a fundraiser that this class came up with. They wanted to create something that would, you know, remember for the first responders that we've lost in the line of duty. So what they came up with is the the first responder memorial that will be put in here at the Harker Heights Fire Station," said Tony Leija Jr., business development director for the Harker Heights Chamber of Commerce.
And it is not too late to participate. Class members shared they are half way to their fundraising goal. For information on how you can get involved, you can visit www.hhchamber.com.
"And it'll forever be here to serve as a reminder of certainly those that have served, but those that continue to serve. And we're going to be very proud of that," said Fire Chief Paul Sims.