On September 11, 2001, 2,977 people were killed in a terrorist attack, 343 of them were firefighters. Countless survivors suffer illnesses from the attack ranging from physical and emotional trauma to cancers and so much more.
In honor, appreciation, and remembrance of the sacrifices made on 09.11.01, The North Carolina State Firefighters’ Association takes this moment to say thank you to all First Responders. Putting others before yourself each time you report for duty honors the memory of every first responder and brings pride to the communities you serve.
In 2017 the North Carolina Legislature marked today as North Carolina’s First Responder’s Day. Tim Bradley, Executive Director for the North Carolina State Firefighters’ Association, says, “After the attacks on 9/11/01 we vowed to never forget the sacrifices made that day by first responders. 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.”
Chief Richard Pulley, President of the North Carolina State Firefighters’ Association, says, “By never forgetting, by continuing to serve our communities with honor and pride, and by leading by example, we will keep the memory alive of those who gave up so much on 09.11.01, many who made the ultimate sacrifice. Their courage and heroism will never be forgotten, and we honor them by continuing to do what needs to be done each and every day. The North Carolina State Firefighters’ Association is #EveryFirefighterEveryday and we will #LearnLeadMentor to make the next generation even stronger.”
For information on local events honoring First Responder’s Day, contact your local fire department or police department.