North Carolina First Responder Day
Raleigh— 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, 343 of whom were firefighters. 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.”
Fire departments across the State usually hold various festivities on First Responder Day, but due to the Covid Pandemic they may be changed or even canceled this year. According to Scott Rogers of Nash County Emergency Services, who serves this year as President of NCSFA, “these recognitions are a solemn reminder of the sacrifices first responders make for their communities each and every day. They give people the opportunity to lift up and praise the efforts first responders make each time they report for duty. Even though the First Responder Day activities may look different this year, they are no less meaningful or impactful and they help us to never forget."
For information about events that may be occurring locally for First Responder Day, contact your local fire department or police department.