Celebrate Your Safety: Thank A First Responder Today

Tomorrow is July 4th, and people all over the US are looking forward to a fun holiday weekend. By all means, celebrate. As Americans, we have so much to be grateful for that we often overlook in the day-to-day monotony of life.

Thank a firefighter. They shoulder a heavy load.

As you’re celebrating the 4th of July this weekend, thank a first responder. They put their life on the line for others every day. // “Courage” by Kara B via CC BY ND 2.0

But please be safe. Before you do something questionable or stupid, remember that you’re putting others at risk too. Every day, hundreds of thousands of first responders around the country (and millions around the world) risk life and limb to rescue people from harrowing situations.

I have the privilege of working with some amazing first responders, specifically firefighters and EMS professionals. What they do on a regular basis is incredible, and the majority of them are volunteers or paid little. That’s right: they risk their lives to save yours, and they’re not even paid for it (or not nearly enough). 

So as you’re watching the local 4th of July parade or enjoying the community fireworks, look around. There will be first responders there making sure that everything’s running smoothly and ready to act if anything goes wrong.

Shake a hand. Tip your cap. Say thank you. They deserve it.

Any first responders in the CCC audience? Chime in! Let us know how you serve. And thank you for your service!

Have a safe and happy 4th!
Jaime

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