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Gladstone hosts thank you for first responders

The Gladstone Inn & Suites held an open house on Thursday to give a heartfelt thank you to the area's first responders. Jan Christopherson, administrative assistant at the Gladstone, organized the event and distributed stars from old U.S. fla...

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Jan Christopherson, left, presents thank-you cards to Jamestown Fire Chief Jim Reuther and Jamestown Police Department Lt. Robert Opp during an open house to thank first responders Thursday at the Gladstone Inn & Suites in Jamestown. The thank-you cards also included stars from the Stars for Our Troops program that sends stars from worn-out flags to military members and first responders. Katie Fairbanks / The Sun

The Gladstone Inn & Suites held an open house on Thursday to give a heartfelt thank you to the area's first responders.

Jan Christopherson, administrative assistant at the Gladstone, organized the event and distributed stars from old U.S. flags to honor the first responders.

The Stars for Our Troops program takes worn-out flags and sends the stars to honor members of the military or first responders.

Christopherson said she heard about the Stars for Our Troops program, and began sending in flags. She said Gladstone Manager Phyllis Thompson decided to hold the event since the Jamestown Police and Fire departments have been so good and prompt in responding to the hotel, and it would be nice to show appreciation.

"You don't know them personally, but you love them anyway, so we went with the heartfelt thanks," Christopherson said. "I think it's a terrific idea because there's so much bad publicity, so it's nice to get some good publicity out there."

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Jamestown Fire Chief Jim Reuther said he had never heard of the program before, but it was nice to be able to sit and talk with other agencies.

"I think it's awesome," Reuther said. "It's nice to be invited in somewhere for a thank you."

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