HINSDALE, Ill.––In May, Hinsdale UMC welcomed 25 firefighters, police officials, and paramedics to a Sunday service.

Members recited a first-responders’ prayer, followed by a photo tribute on sanctuary screens to seven firefighters who died in the line of duty.

Michael Halligan, son of deceased Deputy Sheriff Carroll Edward Halligan, lit a memorial candle.

First responders were presented with personalized “thank you” cards prepared by the children.

Children of First UMC in Hinsdale, Ill., get up-close look at a fire truck after a worship service honoring first responders. Three fire trucks, a police car, a traffic patrol care and an ambulance.

Children of First UMC in Hinsdale, Ill., get up-close look at a fire truck after a worship service honoring first responders. Three fire trucks, a police car, a traffic patrol care and an ambulance.