Honor Our Nation’s First Responders

Today, October 28, 2019, under a resolution passed by the U.S. Senate, we honor our nation’s first responders. Thank them for the often thankless and dangerous work they do. I pray you never need them, but if you do–I pray they are available for you. This is a personal thing for me. I was never a first responder, but I’ve worked with some. More importantly, they’ve responded when I or my neighbors needed them.  Who Are First Responders? Fire, police, EMTs, paramedics, nurses, doctors, and professional and volunteer rescue workers are all first responders. According to one definition, a first responder is anyone who runs toward an emergency rather than away from it. I would modify that to read anyone who runs toward an emergency offering help to those in need. Why Honor Them? These people work a life of service. They respond to the worst moment in someone’s life. They provide physical, emotional, and medical assistance. Twenty-four hours a day. Seven days a week. Often their work takes them away from home on holidays and weekends. Their work day doesn’t always end when their shift ends. They will walk into danger to help a stranger, their fellow man. Lives depend upon […]