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Covenant Village hosts first responders
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Fire Chief Tim Lohman chats with Covenant Village members Alice and Hans Wilhelm at the Local Heroes Breakfast on Friday hosted by the Covenant Village retirement community.

Valentine’s Day is a day of love, but it is also a day of gratitude.

Covenant Village in Turlock took the opportunity to thank the first responders of the Turlock Police Department and Turlock Fire Department on Friday morning by hosting a Local Heroes Breakfast to acknowledge the importance of their continued support to the retirement community.

“I thought Valentine’s Day was the perfect day to show our appreciation. The police and fire departments make such a difference in the lives of our residents and they are so reliable. They are always here in three minutes,” said Robert Howell, executive director of Covenant Village. “I like to joke that I think some of the ladies even pull the fire alarm to see a young man’s face around here,” he quipped.

The appreciation breakfast was held in the Redwood Dining Room where the firemen and officers had a chance to mingle with residents and enjoy a hearty breakfast of eggs, bacon, pancakes and more.

“I’ve not had my coffee cup half empty the entire time I’ve been sitting here,” said Officer Mayra Lewis, noting the considerate service of the Covenant Village staff.

The event served to not only unite the Covenant Village members with the men and women who help keep them safe, but also provided the fire and police departments a chance to connect with the community in a relaxed environment.

“It’s very nice that they have hosted us for this breakfast. It is an honor that they think to support us this way,” said Division Chief Brian White of the Turlock Fire Department.