A panel of local law enforcement officials and first responders will speak about the role of first responders since 2001 from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday.
The panel discussion, titled "Protecting the Homeland: Our First Responders in a Post 9/11 World," will be hosted at the Missouri River Regional Library, where longtime public servants like retired Cole County Sheriff Greg White and retired Missouri Highway Patrol Maj. Dale Schmidt will speak about their experiences.
The event is co-hosted by Operation Bugle Boy and Missouri River Regional Library Friends.
Throughout the evening, speakers will provide examples of the protection first responders provide, offer suggestions on how the public may assist first responders to help keep themselves and others safe, and talk about how the role of local first responders has evolved since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
There will also be presentations from representatives of the Cole County Emergency Medical Services, Cole County Sheriff's Department, FBI, Jefferson City Fire Department, Jefferson City Police Department, Lincoln University Police Department and Missouri Highway Patrol.
The event will take place in the MRRL art gallery on the second floor. For more information contact the library at 573-634-2464.