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.
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.
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
A. 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.
B. 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.
C. 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.