Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette First District Magistrate Robby Higdon, left, is honored for his outstanding community service for the city of Clarkson by Police Chief Buck Meredith.

Amy Lindsey | GC News-Gazette

First District Magistrate Robby Higdon, left, is honored for his outstanding community service for the city of Clarkson by Police Chief Buck Meredith.

Last Saturday, Clarkson Baptist Church showed their appreciation of local heroes with a special lunch.

Pastor Jason McCray thanked Clarkson Police, Clarkson Fire and Rescue and Grayson County EMS for their service to Clarkson, awarding each with a plaque after the meal.

Grayson County Sheriff Norman Chaffins was the guest speaker for the event. He explained that having a career in law enforcement is a calling.

He said that God is always watching over him, giving experiences when he should not have lived, but God protected him.

When Chaffins was 16 years old, he was playing football at school. He said that he tackled an opposing player at an away game and ended up breaking his own neck. Chaffins was transported to the hospital in that town. He said that before his parents could get there parents from the other team joined him at the hospital, holding hands and praying over him.

He said he couldn't feel anything when doctors touched him, and he was face down with a helmet on. Chaffins said that while the parents were praying over him, he felt someone touch his back. The parents later told him that they were holding hands and no one touched him at all.

He was also healed in that short period of time, with the doctors stating that he had scar tissue in his neck where the break should have been. He said that God healed him for a reason and he believes that reason is to help people.

In addition to that story, Chaffins said that once during a chase, he knew he was going to crash and closed his eyes and braced for impact, but somehow, his cruiser made it back onto the road.

Clarkson Police Chief Buck Meredith accepted the award for Clarkson Police and was then able to share the person he chose from the community to honor with the "Outstanding Community Service Award."

He said he thought about several different people to receive the award but one person kept coming to mind when he thought about community service and he said that First District Magistrate Robby Hidgon was that person.

Hidgon was honored for all that he does for the city of Clarkson from charitable donations to helping to build the community center and repairs to St. Paul School. A video was shown with people throughout the community thanking Hidgon for things he has done for them. They not only said he was a great person, but also a great friend.

In addition to honoring heroes, McCray also wanted to thank the Clarkson city workers because without them, the city wouldn't be as great as it is.