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Unsung Heroes: The Evolution and Valor of Our First Responders

The Homeland Security Act of 2002 defines first responders as

“those individuals who in the early stages of an incident are responsible for the protection and preservation of life, property, evidence, and the environment, including emergency response providers.”

We have depended on them since, literally, the beginning of time. In 62 BC, Rome established the office of Aedile to manage fires that broke out in public buildings. Ambulances have evolved from the carts once used in the 1400’s. When a 1965 report indicated that more lives were lost to accidental deaths than in the Korean War, the Nixon

Administration made several recommendations on how to counteract these tragedies. The

era of modern day first responders was born.

The Avengers movie series features a team of superheroes who unite to prevent

an alien army from enslaving humanity. But these fictional characters pale in comparison

to the superhuman strength demonstrated every day by our first responders. These brave

souls do not wear spandex and capes, nor do they carry web shooters and batarangs. They

wear badges. This simple piece of metal represents extreme bravery and selfless

dedication to enforcing the law.

Our community is fortunate to be served by an outstanding police and fire

presence committed to serving and protecting its citizens. These men and women work

round the clock to prevent the infiltration of crime and rush to aid those in distress. The

integrity of this island, our little piece of paradise, continues to strengthen in partnership

with the LENS program as it provides education and resources, and supports the personal

emergency needs of those who serve.

Bravery is not the absence of fear, but the action in the face of fear. (Mark

Messier) The next time you see one of our badge-wearing superheroes, take a minute to

express your gratitude for facing our collective fears with brave hearts. Our appreciation

for their courage and sacrifices cannot be expressed often enough.

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