​National First Responders Day – October 28, 2019

Mon Oct 28

These are the men and women who make it their business to take action when disaster strikes. Not sure what a first responder does? Just think about 9/11 for a moment. That’s really all you need to know. They’re also on the scene of fires, car crashes, hurricanes and school shootings. Whether you’ve had your own emergency or not, chances are you’ve caught a glimpse of the dangerous and difficult work they do. National First Responders Day takes place on October 28 — a day to show gratitude to these everyday heroes.

​National First Responders Day - History

​​​September 27, 2017

Colorado made it official

The state approved a bill honoring every first responder.

May 18, 2017

Congress took action

Senators Elizabeth Warren and Tom Cotton, along with Representatives Mark Meadows, Michael Capuano and Elijah Cummings introduced a resolution to establish National First Responders Day.


Boston Strong

Andrew Collier, brother of Sean Collier, an officer killed during the Boston Marathon bombing, helped establish a day of recognition.

How to Observe ​National First Responders Day

  1. Say thanks

    Whether it's getting your family to write personalized thank you cards or baking some cookies to deliver, there are many ways to share your gratitude.

  2. Raise money

    Research how to help finance equipment and resources for first responders. Help those who dare to risk it all.

  3. Volunteer

    Maybe you're looking to donate your own time and support. Don't feel the need to be a hero — just help when you can.

First Responders By The Numbers

  1. The ultimate sacrifice

    One hundred firefighters die in the line of duty each year.

  2. ​"9-1-1. What's your emergency?"

    An estimated 240 million 9-1-1 calls are made in the U.S. per year.

  3. Gone in less than 30 seconds

    A fire department responds to a fire every 24 seconds.

  4. EMS to the rescue

    Emergency Medical Services takes care of 22 million patients a year.

Why ​National First Responders Day is Important

  1. It reminds us of their sacrifice

    Many might consider it their job, not realizing the risk first responders deal with every single time they step out on the front lines. It's likely America's most dangerous career.

  2. It's a day for them to bask in their heroism

    Every day, first responders put others first because they want to serve their communities. On this day, they get to share joy with teammates and take a moment to feel appreciated.

  3. It's the least we can do

    Truth is there's not much we can do to pay back these men and women who risk it all for us. Honoring them on this day is a step.

​National First Responders Day dates
2019October 28Monday
2020October 28Wednesday
2021October 28Thursday
2022October 28Friday
2023October 28Saturday