Local senior center lauds first responders

Officials at the Pahrump Senior Center want to give thanks to the area’s first responder crews this month.

The center is holding a First Responders Appreciation Day, Saturday, Sept. 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at their 1370 W. Basin Ave. location.

Members of the Nye County Sheriff’s Office, Pahrump Valley Fire and Rescue, Emergency Services, along with Animal Control and Mercy Air are all welcome.

On tap will be free hot dogs with all the fixin’s and the senior center’s award-winning chili to all Nye County first responders, their spouses and children.

The public is also invited to take part for a nominal fee, $5 for adults and $3 for children under 10.

Iced tea and coffee will also be provided.

Site Manager Anne Harris said she and board members decided to hold the event to thank and show how important the first responder crews are to all area residents.

“We just want to thank all of the brave men and women who protect and serve our local community,” she said. “They work very long shifts under, at times, very terrible conditions and they do it without fail day in and day out. It’s a wonderful opportunity to give them a handshake and a thank you.”

Harris also said the senior center kitchen staff jumped at the chance to prepare their chili, which took top honors three years in a row at the annual Silver State Chili Cook-off contest, sanctioned by the International Chili Society.

The recipe, she said, remains a secret.

“Not only do they put out great meals Monday through Friday at the center, they make a great chili,” she said. “March was the third year we participated in the cook-off and the third year to have come home with the first place prize in People’s Choice and Judge’s Choice categories.”

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