"It is important to remember all the good our nation's first responders do every day and support them in every way possible. They truly are the line between a civilized society and chaos," said Andrew Collier of Hendrick MotorSports and brother of Sean Collier - the MIT officer who was gunned down by the Boston Marathon bombers on April 18, 2013 and tragically lost his life in the line of duty.
National First Responders Day on October 28 recognizes the heroic men and women who make it their business to take immediate action when disaster strikes. What does a
first responder do? Just think about 9/11 for a moment. Firefighters, police, paramedics, and more, rushing into Lower Manhattan. Whether you've had your own emergency or not, it's not hard to understand and appreciate the dangerous and difficult work they do. Countless selfless men and women willing to lay down their lives every day to keep us safe. Displaying daily hard work, dedication, sacrifice and honor.
In 2017, Congress designated October 28th as National First Responders Day. The resolution was passed to honor the firefighters, police officers, EMTs, and all those who are first on the scene in stressful situations. The family of Sean Collier, a police officer ambushed and murdered during events related to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing, supported the resolution.
Few normally give much thought to those who dedicate their lives to being on the front lines in the scene of an emergency. Many go about their daily activities secure in the knowledge that, if needed, they will be there ready to help, even at the risk of their own lives.
During a crisis, all these brave people become the most important people in the world to those in desperate need. What if they weren't available, no longer cared to sacrifice and decided they no longer wanted to serve and protect?
I am proud to say that in Navarro County our first responders stand at the ready when a crisis may arise. I want to thank all those who answer the call and I also want to personally thank our citizens who support our first responders daily.
Sheriff Elmer Tanner