DONNA, RGV – With the 15th Anniversary of 9-11 coming up, a BBQ was held in Donna recently to honor police and first responders.

The Rev. Abraham I. Ramirez, pastor of First United Methodist Church and El Principe de Paz United Methodist Church in Donna, helped organize the event. Ramirez said he wanted to counter some of the anti-law enforcement sentiment and activity going on around the country.

“I have been wanting to do something for the policemen and the firemen given the things going on around in the nation, sometimes being a little negative. I knew that was not the full report,” Ramirez said. “There is a lot of people that care about our firemen and policemen and who want to honor them.”

Ramirez and other church leaders received the support of Donna Mayor Irene Muñoz. Mayor Muñoz said the event was held to show police and first responders how much local churches, their congregations, and city residents in general appreciate them. That appreciation should show through at all times, not just when there is a hurricane or major storm, she said.

“When Rev. Ramirez first told us about his idea we said we want to participate. It’s a great idea to be able to support our first responders. The first responders are the pillars and safety of our community,” Mayor Muñoz said.

“We are always looking to do events that can be a blessing, from the people of our community. We want to let the police and first responders know we are here to support them and that we are praying for them. So this is just a really nice event which shows we are behind our first responders with our prayers. We were just excited to be part of this small gesture of our appreciation as Churches united.”

Mayor Muñoz added: “I enjoyed the songs that we sang and of course that we prayed over them and prayed over their families.”