The congregation at Victory World Outreach Center is giving back to the people who keep the community safe.

On Sunday, the church will have a barbecue and family-friendly events to honor local police officers, firefighters and emergency service personnel, as well as their families.

Richmond Mayor Connie Lawson will be on hand for the festivities.

“We’re honoring our local heroes,” said Pastor Philip Holman. “We’re trying to honor the unsung heroes that put their lives on the line and keep us safe.”

Holman said the church recently had a seminar on church security, and the officers conducting the seminar suggested they do something locally for the people who protect the community.

“What they were seeing was that other churches were doing hero services for hometown heroes,” Holman said. “We thought it was a great idea.”

Holman said he expects 300 to 400 people to attend the event.

“We want to let those men and women know how much we appreciate their sacrifice,” Holman said. “We want to honor them, and their families, for the sacrifice. Sometimes it’s the local heroes you don’t think about honoring because they’re just doing their job every day.”

The event also will include an inflatable bouncing game for children, friendly boxing and jousting tournaments, corn hole, a dunking booth and door prizes, which include a week’s vacation for one of the officers.

Holman said several local businesses already have donated services and products for the event, which will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Tim Mandell can be reached at or 624-6696.

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