Prayer breakfast draws 700, spotlights first responders

The 32nd annual Marco Island Community Prayer Breakfast drew 700 persons who paid tribute to Marco’s first responders.

Members of the Marco Island police and fire-rescue departments attended the breakfast and heard words of thanks and prayers on their behalf.

Featured speaker was Ben Sledge, a wounded combat veteran who served in Afghanistan and Iraq and is the recipient of the Bronze Star, Purple Heart and two Army commendations.

Sledge runs a ministry called Heartsupport, an outreach that he says bridges the gap between baby boomers and millenials. He helps those battling addiction, suicide, loneliness, depression, sexual abuse, broken relationships and a host of other issues.