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Hundreds of public safety officials honored for their dedicated service at luncheon

Stephen Greene, President/CEO, Myrtle Beach Hospitality Association. Stephen Greene, President/CEO, Myrtle Beach Hospitality Association.
Matthew Reynolds, General Manager, Crabby Mike's Seafood Matthew Reynolds, General Manager, Crabby Mike's Seafood

SURFSIDE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - A 19-year tradition had a lot more meaning because of the flooding that hit our area hard. After the historic floods, neighbors witnessed many of our public safety officials jump into action working around the clock to make many of us feel safe. Even though Wednesday's Public Safety Appreciation Luncheon was planned months in advance, organizers said it could not have come at a better time. 

The 19th Annual Public Safety Appreciation Luncheon was held at Crabby Mike's Seafood Restaurant. Public Safety officials look forward to the event each year. "We get to see a lot of our colleagues that we don't see and to have us all in one room like this is really cool," said Bruce Arnel, Fire Marshal for the City of Myrtle Beach. 

Crabby Mike's has been the lunch host for the past 15 years. "Local law enforcement and ems ask us are we doing it every year," said Matthew Reynolds, General Manager for the restaurant.  "They're asking about it six to eight months in advance, that says it means something to them."

The Myrtle Beach Hospitality Association with the help of local business sponsors greet the officials with a 'thank you' and show them that appreciation with lunch and numerous door prizes donated by area businesses.

"I think sometimes nowadays they do feel like they go unnoticed and they don't, they truly are a vital part of our community, from helping us with the tourism, to helping us on our daily lives, and helping us with disaster that we've had recently," said Matthews. 

Reynolds and organizers say the men and women who serve our community are even more deserving of this year. The recent flood disaster shows the community how many of our public safety officials go above and beyond everyday. 

"We forget so many times the day-to-day operations that they go through, then we have this natural disaster, such as the floods, look at the impact it has had on our community, but look at how many lives were saved because of their professionalism," said Stephen Greene, President/CEO, for the Myrtle Beach Hospitality Association. "This event does have an even more special meaning this year."

Sometimes when you work long hours, are away from your family for days at a time, and sometimes risk your life to save someone else's, a little appreciation can go a long way. 

"It means a lot because they care by them doing this it shows the public safety community that the community cares," said Arnel. 

About 400 public safety officials from law enforcement agencies all across Horry County were scheduled to attend the luncheon.

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