The service included a blessing of the badges by Archbishop Wilton Gregory (right). The Archdiocese of Atlanta held its first “Blue Mass” for public safety officials and first responders in the archdiocese. The mass was concelebrated by the priests of the Archdiocese of Atlanta, with Archbishop Wilton Gregory as the chief celebrant, at the Cathedral of Christ the King. During the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks hundreds of first responders were killed. BOB ANDRES / BANDRES@AJC.COM

Archdiocese of Atlanta holds annual “Blue Mass” for firemen, police

The Archdiocese of Atlanta will recognize the men and women who are first on the scene during disasters or routine incidents.

The third annual “Blue Mass” for public safety officials and first responders will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at the Cathedral of Christ the King, 

2699 Peachtree Road N.E.

One of two officers injured in a police helicopter crash is now out of the hospital.

The archdiocese will also honor those first responders who died in the terrorist attacks on 9-11. 

The Blue Mass tradition began in in the United States in  1934, when Father Thomas Dade of the Archdiocese of Baltimore formed the Catholic Police and Fireman’s Society, and celebrated the first Blue Mass for police officers and firemen that year.  


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First responders will also be honored by Jim Ellis Automotive in Kennesaw. The auto dealership has invited first responders to an appreciation breakfast from 8:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sept. 14. The event will be held at Jim Ellis VW Kennesaw, 950 Ernest W. Barrett Parkway.

Additionally, any  first responder who stops by during the event can enter for a chance to win a $1,000 gift card.

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