National First Responders Day is October 28 and recognizes the heroic men and women who make it their business to take immediate action when disaster strikes. Congress made October 28 National First Responders Day in 2017 and the resolution passed through the senate in 2019. At the time, there were about “4.6 million career and volunteer firefighters, police, emergency medical technicians, and paramedic workers serving communities all across the United States,” according to the Department of Homeland Security. Even before the creation of National First Responders Day, Americans knew how valuable and necessary they were.
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 for local firefighters, 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.
3. Volunteer. 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. Take a CPR course if possible.