First responders are everywhere, deserve thanks

Published 11:39 am Wednesday, May 2, 2018

What professional opportunities constitute a first responder designation can seem like a simple distinction to make on the surface, but can prove difficult upon further examination.

Most assume first responder careers are limited to firefighters, police officers and EMTs.

While calling anyone in these professions a first responder is accurate, they are not the only ones.

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A better definition for the first responder label is anyone who has gone through specialized training to respond appropriately in an emergency situation, or anyone who is called to respond in any emergency.

This includes electrical line workers, who have to deal with one of the most dangerous elements in our world.

This includes coroners, who are tasked with navigating grieving families through the burial process.

This includes security guards, lifeguards and teachers as well.

First responders are everywhere and should be recognized for their efforts. They do not have an easy responsibility and should be commended for the work they do.

This is why it is so nice to see the return of the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce’s First Responder Appreciation Breakfast.

According the Executive Director Ashley Crane, 47 different groups will be honored at the event, which is taking place Friday at 8 a.m. at the Valley Community Center.

Crane noted that the number of honorees is up from last year, mostly due to a better understanding of what positions should carry the first responder label.

These are the people we turn to during any sort of emergency, a shining light during a dark period.

Anyone that is a first responder has our thanks.