Norcross officers who just ended the night shift and those starting the day were greeted Thursday morning with the Annual Police Appreciation Breakfast, provided by the Norcross Police Department Foundation.
The staff bellied up to as early as 6:30 a.m. and as late as 10 a.m. to fill their plates with eggs, bacon, fruit, potatoes, bagels, toast and more, provided through donations and Connor's NY Deli and Wings.
The annual breakfast started four years by resident Gwendolyn Johns, who is the founder of the recently established . A volunteer committee, which would eventually be the committee for the foundation, joined Johns in the cause, too.
Johns said she started the event to say thanks to all the hard work they put in to protect and serve the city of Norcross.
"They were very supportive when I was going through a personal experience," she said. "I wanted to give something back."
She's also in charge of spearheading the , which takes place in September, for the same reasons.
Most importantly, though, Johns continues to do the breakfast every year to set an example for her son, who attends . She wants to show him that everyone should give back to the community, because that's the way she was raised when growing up, too.
Members of the police department left with full bellies and empty plates, and all said thanks before heading home or back to the office.