GREENSBORO, NC-- Their job is to protect and serve, unconditionally, but it doesn't mean they shouldn't be recognized for doing their job.
Wednesday afternoon, Greensboro Police Officer Eric Rasecke was honored for his selfless, brave and daring work as a First Responder. Rasecke received the inaugural 'Peaceful Warrior' sculpture. The award was presented at the Volunteer Center of Greensboro.
The Volunteer Center of Greensboro is in a community partnership with Lambeth-Troxler Funeral & Cremation Service established the quarterly recognition program, selecting a Peaceful Warrior on merit and community service from nominees submitted from law enforcement, fire and emergency services agencies within Guilford County.
Raseke received an original Peaceful Warrior by Greensboro sculptor Margot Robinson. The Peaceful Warrior sculpture is inspired by 1,500-year-old Japanese haniwa sculptures conveying strength, courage and gentleness.
"Honoring our First Responders as peaceful warriors is a terrific way to celebrate life, courage and achievement while expressing deep gratitude to brave public servants whose primary mission is to protect and save lives," said Steve Blackwell, managing partner, Lambeth-Troxler Funeral & Cremation Service.
"All of us in service to others are peaceful warriors, and what better way than to recognize First Responders who risk their lives all the time for all of us," said Carley Swaim, executive director, The Volunteer Center of Greensboro. "Every day here in Greensboro and Guilford County, and across the nation, First Responders are fully engaged, courageously saving lives and protecting communities."
The next recognition program is scheduled for November.