Inaugural Police and Firefighters Ball planned for Aug. 12

By NICOLE SMITH, Daily Mountain Eagle
Posted 8/3/17

A special evening is planned this month for police officers and firefighters to fellowship and meet members of the community.

The first annual Walker County Police and Firefighters Ball will be held Saturday, Aug. 12, from 6 until 10 p.m. at the …

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Inaugural Police and Firefighters Ball planned for Aug. 12

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A special evening is planned this month for police officers and firefighters to fellowship and meet members of the community.

The first annual Walker County Police and Firefighters Ball will be held Saturday, Aug. 12, from 6 until 10 p.m. at the Jasper Civic Center, located on 19th Street East in Jasper.

Oakman Police Chief Ken Marbury organized the event as a way for officers and firefighters in all municipalities to get to know each other, while also giving the public a chance to meet those who serve the community.

"The county is widespread, and a lot of us don't know one another. We don't really get an opportunity to communicate with one another," Marbury said. "I just felt like, with this ball, we can all be in one place, under one roof and get to know one another as police and firefighters from different areas."

Marbury continued, "We want the public to be able to come in and see a different side of us, to be able to interact with us and have a conversation."

The business casual event will include a meal and drinks, and guests will be able to enjoy music and dancing. Tickets are $30 each, and are currently available for purchase. Proceeds from the event will benefit the animal rescue community of Walker County.

State Rep. Connie Rowe (R-Jasper) will be the special guest speaker. Before becoming a state representative, Rowe had a 27-year career in law enforcement, and is the former Jasper police chief. Her father, Monroe Cooner, had a 33-year career as a firefighter and spent 18 years of his career as fire chief of the Jasper Fire Department before his retirement.

Rowe said she was "flattered" when Marbury asked her to speak at the ball.

"I'm really excited about the event, and I think it's going to be a good thing," she said. "I hope it becomes an annual tradition in the community."

Anyone who would like to purchase tickets may call Marbury at (205) 622-3200 or Jasper Fire Chief David Clark at (205) 221-8509.

"At the end of the day, we're all in this together," Marbury said of his inspiration to organize the event. "We've got one common goal and that is to protect the people to the best of our ability."