CRESTVIEW, Fla. (WKRG) — The first week of May is National Correctional Officers Week. 18 vendors house food and other items at the Okaloosa County Jail in Crestview.
“What we’re doing is we’re taking this opportunity to celebrate what we call the heroes behind the walls,” said Eric Esmond, director of Okaloosa County Corrections. “It’s sometimes the individuals in our society who don’t always get the same level of support and don’t get the same level of recognition as people who are otherwise outside of the community.”
Officers and staff receive meal tickets. The event is also open to the public. County commissioners and dozens of others watched the frenzy on Tuesday.
Trucks will be on site daily from 11:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Meal tickets can also be given to the prison for officers.
“We’re taking advantage of this food truck frenzy to give them free meals to say thank you,” Esmond said. “They also receive staff awards and opportunities to meet different vendors and receive some of their items as well. So it’s a more robust effort to say thank you for all they do.”
The event also honors the start of National Nurses Week.