Emergency Service personnel and their families spent the day on Sunday, April 7 to honor the commitment of the first responders who showed up at the Upper Big Branch Mine three years ago to try and save lives.
In Beckley, ambulances and fire trucks held a parade with full lights and sirens from the Crossroads Mall to Family Worship Center. The children of EMS officials told 59News how much fun they're having and why they're proud of the work their fathers do every day.
"It's pretty cool! It's awesome! And why is it cool? Because they come out and celebrate. They normally don't do this. It's fun. You get to come out and celebrate their jobs. They save lives!"
The parade began at 3 p.m. and ended with a cookout and small service in the parking lot once they reached the Family Worship Center.
Jan-Care ambulance officials said they spent more than two weeks at the Upper Big Branch Mine after the explosion. They, like many West Virginians, were hoping for a miracle, and the opportunity to save to lives of the men, many hoped were still alive.