(CAMDEN) – Assemblyman Gilbert “Whip” Wilson repeated his performance as emcee to the annual Public Safety Community Prayer Breakfast held at the First Nazarene Baptist Church in Camden. Public safety officials from throughout the region – both active and retired – were invited to attend the breakfast, which is held each year to honor their unparalleled service to the residents of their communities and beyond. Pastor J.A. Jones presided over the proceedings this past Sunday morning.
“Pastor Jones and the First Nazarene Baptist Church put on another successful breakfast that truly honored our public safety officials,” said Assemblyman Wilson. “I was pleased to be part of this event, helping in some small way to give back to this important group of people who do so much for so many and who often do not get the recognition they deserve.”
This year, guests included Mayor Dana Redd and Former Councilman Spearman of Camden, Mayor Maryann Wardlow and Business Administrator Jay Todd of Lawnside, Chief Thompson of the Camden Police Department, Chief Harper of the Camden and Lawnside Fire Departments, Inspector Jerald Bates of the Philadelphia Police Department, Commissioner Ayers of the Philadelphia Fire Department and John Williamson of the Camden City Fraternal Order of Police.
Representatives from the Camden Special Services Department out of Coopers Ferry Partnership, the Camden Board of Education Public Safety Division, the District Council Collaborative Board, the State Police, Camden County Corrections Officers and a large number of Camden Police and Firefighters were also in attendance. The Brotherhood for Unity and Progress presented a check to Pastor Jones for the church.
“I want to thank everyone who came out to pay tribute to the men and women who lay their lives on the line every day to ensure the safety and well-being of our residents,” Assemblyman Wilson added.
The First Nazarene Baptist Church has been hosting the annual breakfast for nearly two decades.