Tornado first responders treated to special lunch

On Thursday, June 26, two months after the April 27 tornado decimated sections of Mayflower and Vilonia in Faulkner County, a first responder appreciation luncheon was given by CDI Contractors of Little Rock at the Mayflower Middle School.

More than 50 first responders from a variety of agencies, including the Mayflower Police Department, City of Mayflower, City of Vilonia, Faulkner County Road Department, Faulkner County Sheriff’s Department, Faulkner County OEM, MEMS and the Faulkner County Judge’s Office were served catfish, chicken fingers, hushpuppies, fries, beans and slaw catered by Eat My Catfish.

Mayflower Mayor Randy Holland (right) visits with those attending an appreciation luncheon.

Mark Beach, CDI vice president, spoke on camera to Macy Jenkins from KTHV, concerning first responders. "They are a real stabilizing force in our communities,” he said. “They dedicate their lives to a job that’s often thankless, and we just want to be sure that they were thanked.”