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Member Highlights: Residents of Buckner Villas Honor First Responders on Patriot Day

Thursday, October 12, 2017   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Dorothy Taylor
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Patriot Day, observed as the National Day of Service and Remembrance, occurs on September 11 each year in memory of the first responders who lost their lives during the terrorist attacks in 2001. This year, residents of Buckner Villas honored first responders by delivering homemade baked goods and non-perishable snacks to the Austin Police Department located at 12425 Lamplight Village Avenue. Resident Julia Treadway made candy for the officers to enjoy. She has lived at the senior living community for six years and looks forward to participating in this tradition each year. The 90-year-old resident has a deep connection to first responders, as her son Mark Treadway is a volunteer firefighter in Hayes County. Treadway says first responders put their lives on the line each and every day, and delivering these treats is the least they can do to show their appreciation.

“There were a lot of people who lost their lives on September 11,” said Treadway. “We need to remember each person who died including the first responders. These men and women are family. My son may work in Texas, but those were his brothers and sisters who were killed while saving others. The least we can do is to honor them by delivering the treats. I am always looking for ways to give back, and baking comes natural to me. I enjoy baking my crockpot treats made with chocolate, peanuts and caramel. They are a hit with my family so I hope the local officers enjoy them as well. They are made with a lot of love, and my goal is to put a smile on their faces on such a difficult day.”

Of the 2,977 people who died in the September 11 attacks, 412 were emergency workers in New York City who responded to the World Trade Center attacks. The senior living community says watching those brave first responders help without hesitation showed true courageous sacrifice. They say it’s important to keep showing appreciation and to let them know their deeds do not go unnoticed. The community decided to deliver baked treats and snacks to warm the hearts of the first responders on every shift.

“Making the treats and delivering them was a team effort at the community,” said Janet Burnett, life enrichment coordinator. “It is heartwarming to see all of the residents bake these treats for our local first responders. We hope the first responders know how much we appreciate them. They work tirelessly to keep us and the city of Austin safe, and we want to reward them for that. I hope the treats brightened their day just like it did for us.”

Source: Chelsi Smith/Amy Jones, The Point Group

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