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Burleson Seniors Will Show Appreciation for Local First Responders Wednesday

Burleson Star

From Staff Reporters

August 8, 2019

Burleson Seniors Will Show Appreciation for Local First Responders Wednesday

First responders are brave men and women who are known for dedicating their lives to serving others, working 24-hour shifts and responding to many different calls a day in their communities. To show their appreciation, Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson recently hosted a first responder appreciation breakfast at the senior living community. This initiative was especially important to Berta Gilbert, a resident of Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson, and her husband Dalton Gilbert. Dalton is a retired police officer of 34 years, and Berta spent 15 years as a deputy sheriff in Tarrant County. Prior to joining law enforcement, Dalton, an Air Force Veteran, spent time working in a factory never thinking he would become a police officer one day. He and his wife of nearly 52 years enjoyed welcoming the local police officers and firefighters at the senior living community during this meaningful appreciation event.

“I genuinely feel that you need to have a special calling to be a first responder,” said Dalton. “Everyone goes through training when joining the fire or police department, and I believe that is the time many find out if the position is a good fit for them. It is a wonderful job to have, but it comes with great sacrifices. Not everyone is prepared for the amount dedication it truly takes. It’s never been a safe job either, but serving the community and knowing you are protecting people is the best reward.” Dalton comes to visit his wife at Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson nearly every day. The couple has two children, three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. One son continued their legacy and is a retired firefighter of nearly 34 years.

“Emergency responders risk their lives for other citizens and are a critical part of any community,” said Melissa Meyer, executive director of Mustang Creek Estates of Burleson. “We are thankful for every one of them, including Berta and Dalton. We wanted to go the extra mile for these courageous men and women who put themselves in harm’s way to keep our neighborhood safe.”

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