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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.

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