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Celebration set to honor heroes

An event honoring the county’s emergency service members, law enforcement and community organizations is set to take place Monday at Charlotte Primary Care (CPC).

The “Honoring Community Heroes” celebration will include a lunch from noon to 1 p.m., and a presentation at 1:15 p.m. to learn about representatives from area fire departments, police officers and representatives from organizations such as Meals on Wheels.

Assistant Site Director Mitzi Palmer said the event corresponds with the center’s annual National Health Center Week, which takes place this year from Aug. 12-18 and recognizes the role of health care centers in rural and urban areas.

Palmer said the goal of each National Health Center Week is to look beyond the CPC and recognize and honor members of the community who have made differences.

She said CPC employees interviewed area emergency service members and volunteers to better understand their work, sacrifices and the impact they make in the community.

Questions participants asked service members included what motivated them to join the organization they are with, their greatest joys, challenges in their fields and asked them to share a story or personal memory they experienced while on the job.

She said the interviews are another annual tradition. Last year, representatives interviewed veterans in Charlotte County, and before that had interviewed everyone from longtime patients to elderly residents.

“This year, with the theme of ‘Health Care Heroes,’ it prompted us to think about community partners that often come to our rescue when we need help here,” Palmer said about this year’s event.

Palmer said the CPC, one of 17 health centers in the Central Virginia Health Services Inc. network, makes up a network of community health centers across the United States. She said community health centers around the U.S. provide care to more than 27 million people in 10,400 rural and urban communities.