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National First Responders Day

National First Responders Day is on October 28 every year, recognizing the heroic men and women who make it their business to take immediate action when disaster strikes.

GSSA Headquarters would like to honor our first responders all this week!

Congress designated October 28th as National First Responders Day in 2017. The resolution honors the firefighters, police officers, EMTs, and all those who are first on the scene in stressful situations.

Secret Acts of Kindness for First Responders

  1. Pay it forward-pay for a meal or coffee if an officer, EMT or Fire Fighter is behind you in line.

  2. Deliver coffee from a local shop or Dunkin’ Donuts.

  3. Paint inspirational rocks and hide them all over your town or near a police station.

First Responder Facts

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

  2. A fire department responds to a fire every 24 seconds.

  3. Senators Elizabeth Warren, Tom Cotton, along with other Representatives, introduced a resolution to establish National First Responders Day on May 18, 2017.

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

  5. There are over 300,000 firefighters in the United States.

  6. There are over 275,000 paramedics and Emergency Medical Technicians in the U.S.

More Secret Acts of Kindness for First Responders

  1. Deliver thin blue line bracelets, pins, stickers or challenge coins from Thin Blue Line USA to your local department- an inexpensive way to spread some cheer.

  2. If you are neighbors with an officer, wheel in their trash cans or offer to help with a small task while they are on duty.

  3. Secretly deliver goody bags to your local police or fire station.

  4. Have your child color happy pictures and secretly deliver them to a department.

Observe Nations First Responders Day/Week

  1. Say Thanks: Write a personalized thank you card or baking some cookies for local firefighters.

  2. Volunteer: Donate your time and support or take a CPR course.

  3. Social Media: Express your gratitude for First Responders on Social Media.

Written and Submitted by GSSAgent#3013

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