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      Emergency responders get gift from Best Buy

      Store officials at the Best Buy Harbison location announced they will be giving away free gift cards and other promotions this month to first responders.

      COLUMBIA, SC (WACH)--Midlands first responders are getting an early Christmas from Best Buy this month.

      Store officials at the Best Buy Harbison location announced they will be giving away free gift cards and other promotions this month to members of the Columbia Police Department, Columbia-Richland Fire, Richland County Hospitals, and Lexington Medical Center.

      May is Emergency Services and Police Appreciation Month. First responders will also get other coupons and offers to shop around.

      Employee Christopher Heming said it is the least they can do to show their appreciation.

      "We love them," Heming said. "Anytime we have problems; criminals, fire alarms, they are the first ones on the scene. I have had personal experiences myself where they have come and helped."

      Any first responder can get a gift card. A badge or other proof of employment is needed.