A special event to say a simple "Thank you" to first responders of Smith County is taking place Friday, May 17, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., in Tyler. It's the first, of hopefully many, BBQ For Badges.

If you are a member of law enforcement, fire department or an EMT, stop by the Woodcreek Shopping Center, in front of Santo Chiropractic, on Friday for a free lunch from Rudy's BBQ. You can stop for a rest and eat there or grab it and take it with you.

Jeff Callens Allstate is putting on this event to recognize first responders for the daily sacrifices they make when putting on their badge. If you are a first responder or know one, spread the word and let them know of this special event just for them.

If you want to find out more details, go to the BBQ for Badges Facebook event page.