Hundreds of guests, piles of food and a stack of donated gadgetry – Mona Jimerson's annual Law Enforcement Appreciation Luncheon had one of the most secure (and well-fed) crowds in Rusk County Tuesday.

It's the 18th time (and the 15th year-in-a-row) the local caterer and her team of volunteers have welcomed law enforcement personnel and emergency responders from throughout the region to the Jimerson home for a 'Thank you' feast at the holidays.

"We appreciate everybody volunteering and giving their time," said Jimerson's husband, Rusk County Attorney Micheal Jimerson. It takes a small army of help to put on the annual event for every variety of first responder (plus judges, elected officials and other visitors).

This year also included a donation of home security systems from State Farm for the first responders.

Henderson-based State Farm Insurance Agent Dave Powell praised the Jimersons and their team for the massive feed, passing on stacks of tech to the attending agencies.

"I think it's just a selfless act where a servant-leader mentality is demonstrated from the top-down."

– By JAMES DRAPER

Kilgore News Herald

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