First responders help save lives day in and day out. Today they're honored for all their hard work and dedication in Tyler.

A Dallas Cowboys vs Washington Redskins watch party at Bergfeld Park was the backdrop for a big thank you celebration for our local heroes.

The McCasland Allstate First Responders Benefit featured food, a petting zoo, face painting and fun activities for kids.

Tyler Fire Chief David Coble tells us they appreciate the recognition.

"I can tell you in the fire service we are not very good cheerleaders but we do appreciate when others pat us on the back,” Chief Coble says.

Other first responders tell us this is just one example of how thoughtful the people of Tyler are towards them.

Organizers say this is the first year of the event and it was a success.