Why Should we honor First Responders at Voyageur Brewing Company in Grand Marais, MN?
I’ve been a first responder, a wildland firefighter, an EMT and believe me, we didn’t get the credit we deserved. I’ve also been on the opposite side of the card and needed the help of first responders. Believe me, these folks give up everything to rescue those in need. Sleepless nights, interrupted days and nightmares may haunt those who are called to respond but they continue to respond, no matter the consequences.
The title “first responder” can be somewhat of an abstract concept for some people to understand since it covers a wide range of occupations, some public and some private. So what roles fall under the umbrella of first responders?
From emergency medical technicians and paramedics to animal control officers and park rangers, a first responder is anyone who is specifically trained to respond to an emergency. While most first responders are members of their local community, others may serve a role in the federal government, such as in the Coast Guard or as a TSA agent. It takes truly unique and selfless heroes to put their lives on the line every day for people they don’t know.
According to the National First Responders Organization, there are more than 90 different types of positions that fall under this title. These individuals play a crucial role in keeping people and property safe during dangerous situations. Without their fearless and focused contributions following natural disasters and other emergencies, the fallout from any one of these types of events would be even more devastating.
Shedding more light on the situations and hazards facing first responders by dedicating a national day of appreciation will help raise awareness among the general population and highlight the thanks we offer to these individuals.
We hope you will help honor these individuals at Voyageur Brewing Company on Wednesday, September 27th at Voyageur Brewing Company. And, if you’re a first responder, we invite you to have a beer on us, we appreciate your selfless service to all.
Thank you all,
The Voyageur Crew