Today is #FirstRespondersDay in North Carolina. In 2017 the NC General Assembly designated September 11th of each year as First Responder Day, making it an official State holiday. The date of September 11th was chosen in recognition of the huge sacrifices made by first responders at the World Trade Center attack in New York. According to Tim Bradley, Executive Director of the NC State Firefighters’ Association (NCSFA), there are over 50,000 firefighters, both career and volunteer, in North Carolina serving 1,376 fire departments. “After the attacks on 9/11/01 we vowed to never forget the sacrifices made that day by first responders. Of the 2,977 victims killed in the September 11 attacks, 412 were emergency workers in New York City who answered the call to the World Trade Center.
• 343 firefighters (including a chaplain and two paramedics) of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY)
• 37 police officers of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Police Department (PAPD)
• 23 police officers of the New York City Police Department (NYPD)
• 8 emergency medical technicians and paramedics from private emergency medical services
• 1 patrolman from the New York Fire Patrol
Having this day each year as a State holiday will help keep the recognition of that sacrifice alive and continue to honor those who serve their community with sacrifices every day.” On this day of remembrance and reflection, Chief Kevin Hunter and our entire team salute the hard-working firefighters, emergency workers, and law enforcement officers in North Carolina who work so hard every day to keep our communities safe. Thank you for your service and sacrifice! #NeverForget