Hats Off to Firefighters and Other First Responders

They are the people who run straight toward danger rather than running away. In the U.S., more than two million firefighters and police officers are our front line defense when dangers occur. Add the EMTs/paramedics, sheriff’s deputies, tow operators, and departments of transportation (DOT) responders who are also exposed to the grave hazards inherent in emergency responses in our cities and towns, on highways and roadways, and in our neighborhoods, and you see the big picture of how important their work truly is. There is a movement underway to recognize these dedicated individuals with a national day of recognition. First proposed in 2006, it is still seeking national approval; efforts were more recently renewed following the Boston Marathon bombing in April 2013. Andrew Collier, the brother of slain law enforcement officer Sean Collier, who was killed searching for the suspects following that terrible day, has given the movement momentum. You can learn more about this effort and, if you agree with us, sign a petition at  http://www.firstrespondersday.org/