Members of the fire department were invited to at-tend the event as well as many other essential workers.

A special event for Essential Workers was held on Friday, June 12 from 12 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Markus Smith State Farm Agency parking lot, 5535 N. 2nd St. in Loves Park.

“Considering we had to reschedule the event due to rain, we had a great turn out of close to 200 people,” said Rose Smith, event organizer. “It really made my day to see work trucks from City of Machesney Park and Loves Park, US Postal Service trucks, police cars, UPS trucks, fire trucks, Hoff Disposal vehicles, and other commercial vehicles. I would say I saw a great representation of people from various professions: health care workers from all three hospitals, police, firefighters, sanitation engineers, city of MP& LP workers, etc. A complete and pleasant surprise when several of my friends showed up to lend a hand. They all said it was a great feeling to give back to the community and they all had fun doing it. The weather was beautiful and I would say overall it was a great success! If it weren’t so much work, I would consider doing it again soon.”

Markus Smith State Farm purchased food truck meals for the first 250 Essential Workers who register in advance and bring their badge or wear their uniform to the event. There are many “behind the scene” workers who have worked hard to keep things functioning during the COVID-19 pandemic, and Markus Smith State Farm appreciates all they do for our community.



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