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Two Thumbs Up for First Responders

Updated on September 7, 2015

Who are the First Responders? What moves First Responders to put themselves in harms way to help others? What can be done to show appreciation for the selfless work they do?

Who are the First Responders

  • Police Officers
  • Firefighters
  • Rescue Worker
  • EMT’s
  • Hospital Staff

They are the first persons on the scene of an accident or tragedy. Think about what they are confronted with, they see unspeakable horror when they respond to tragedies. Courageous local first responders dealt with these horrific incidents:

  • New York’s 911
  • Newtown Massacre
  • Aurora Colorado Theater and Arapaho School Shootings

With a spirit that puts the interest of others ahead of your own, these brave selfless people put themselves in harms way risking their own lives to help total strangers, and innocent victims. What a noble profession, however, this job comes with this job comes with a heavy price tag. From an emotional standpoint, what they see and hear in these tragic events will stay with them for the rest of their life, affecting them and their families.

What motivates First Responders

What are the motivating factors? Without any doubt, it is because of their love for people and their desire to help their fellow man. They have taken a vow to serve, project and help their fellow man at all cost. Many First Responders have given the ultimate sacrifice, their own lives. Would you be willing to put yourself in harms way to help others, would you be willing to give your life for strangers, leaving your own family victims of a tragic loss? Use empathy and put yourself in the shoes of a First Responder, imagine what they go through on a day-to-day basis. No doubt you will agree that these loyal First Responders deserve much needed commendation.

Many people are touched even stirred from the heart by their tireless efforts to help, serve and protect the community. Nevertheless, how many of us show our appreciation for their efforts. What could you do to show more appreciation for the First Responders in your community? A numbers of things can be done to show appreciation for these fine people who put the interest of others ahead of their own, which is nothing short of being Christ-like.

How to Show Appreciation

Perhaps you could write a letter of appreciation to your local Fire Station or Police Department, or maybe you could drop off a box of fresh donuts and coffee for the staff at your local Hospital ER unit. Some grateful neighbors have brought foodstuffs to the area where the First Responders are working. Others have asked Officers in charge how they may be of assistants to the First Responders. Help your Children to show appreciate by helping them to make a Thank You card for the First Responders. Then take your child to your local fire or Police station and let them give the card to a Police officer. Another was to show appreciation for First Responders it to follow direction give you by Frist Responders doing a crisis.

First Responders appreciate your thoughtful concern and kind considerations, I for one, know this to be true, because my husband and son are First Responders.

I am sure, that all of you out there who have First Responders in your family will concur that, the First Responders deserve a TWO THUMPS UP!

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      Claudia Marie 4 years ago

      My sentiments exactly! Thank you for your comment.

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      graceinus 4 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

      Claudia Marie- thank you so much for writing this Hub. It is my firm belief that First Responders are and always will be a special group of men and woman who willing place themselves in harms way to save the lives of others. Without a doubt the cities and towns in which we live would suffer far greater loss without them. There are a great many lives who owe their thanks to these men and woman and far to many time these thanks go unsaid. But the few thanks that are spoken are cheristed like gold. Each time a first responder pass my car or down my street it I can't help but think about how much courage it must take to knowningly head in harms way. Not knowing if this may be their last. First Responders have a special bond among themselves because their lives are depended on each other. Because each understands the full risks they share each day. Knowning that somebody has their back. Knowing that a fellow first responder cares what happen to him or her. And in many cases risk their life for each other. These men and women without a doubt are the bench mark of courage. And they will always have my deepest respect.