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Tommy Moose comforts kids, honors first responders

Albany Fire Department firefighters took time to pose with Tommy Moose at an event to honor first responders at the Albany Moose Lodge 1285 on Philema Road on Friday. From left Deputy Chief Ron Rowe, firefighter Frank Flanigan, Tommy Moose and Moose International Supreme Governor Wesley Crowder attended the event.

Albany Fire Department firefighters took time to pose with Tommy Moose at an event to honor first responders at the Albany Moose Lodge 1285 on Philema Road on Friday. From left Deputy Chief Ron Rowe, firefighter Frank Flanigan, Tommy Moose and Moose International Supreme Governor Wesley Crowder attended the event.

ALBANY — It was a night to honor those who serve by their policing, firefighting and emergency medical skills at the Albany Moose Lodge 1285 on Philema Road Friday.

“The lodge is planning on making this an annual event,” said Moose David L. Smoot. “Lots of lodges in Alabama and Georgia already honor first responders. We want to do it here.”

The event honored members of the Albany Police Department, Dougherty County Police Department, Dougherty and Lee County sheriff’s offices, Georgia State Patrol, Dougherty County Emergency Medical Services and Dougherty and Lee County fire departments.

The occasion was also used to hand out Tommy Moose plush dolls to be carried in law enforcement vehicles. The plush dolls are used to comfort children who might be affected by abuse or an emergency such as a house fire. About 900 dolls were given out as part of the regional Tommy Moose program.