While shoppers are busy buying gifts, carolers are singing songs of merriment, and children are dreaming of what Santa will bring, the Cicero Clergy Committee had first responders on its mind. That’s why they took time on Dec. 9 and Dec. 11 to provide breakfast for Cicero’s Police and Fire departments.
“We want to show our gratitude for their work in keeping us safe throughout the year,” said Ismael Vargas, Cicero’s Chaplain and head of the Clergy Committee. “This is a particularly busy time of year and their work can often be overlooked.”
Vargas spoke words of gratitude before delivering a brief prayer at both breakfasts. Town officials and other community leaders joined him and the committee. The groups enjoyed the warm breakfasts at the Cicero Police Headquarters adjacent to Town Hall on Dec. 9 and at the 25th Street Fire Station on Dec. 11.
“I am grateful to see community groups like our Clergy Committee take the time out to give back to our first responders,” said Town President Larry Dominick. “It’s hard for some of these men and women, especially when they are working long shifts and their families are trying to prepare for Christmas and have traditions they want to uphold. To have the committee honor their sacrifices means a lot to our firefighters and police officers, I’m sure.”