First responders gather for Blue Mass
First responders took a moment to pause and reflect at this year's Blue Mass on Wednesday.
Omaha first responders filed into the church for the ceremony. It was the metro's 11th Annual Blue Mass to honor police, fire and others at the forefront of public safety.
It's a church service that pays tribute to those who serve in the public safety field, and remembers those who have given their lives in the line of duty.
Omaha Police Chief Todd Schmaderer said it's a time for unity.
"It means a ton to us. Archbishop Lucas goes out of his way to be a part of this mass. And my command staff, my officers, go out of their way to be here because we get to interact with the schools. We get one day where we can all be together with fire and just kind of pray for the things that we do that are very dangerous and unsafe," Schmaderer said.
The mass concluded with a special blessing for the first responders and their safety.