The ability to say “Thank You First Responders” is tricky. Usually, if they have arrived, you are in an emergency situation, so there often isn’t time or opportunity to show your appreciation. Often folks go back, after the emergency, to thank individual or whole crews of rescuers. And that’s great. First responders such as police officers, EMS workers and firefighters really love to get those notes and tokens of gratitude from the people they have rescued.
If you have a reason to say thank you EMS, then you’ve probably had a close encounter with an EMS professional. If so, you were probably in the middle of an emergency and beyond grateful that they were there to save you. As with other first responders, when you need Emergency Medical Services (EMS), you really need EMS. It’s often a matter of life and death. Here we offer a little insight to the different EMS professions, the special observances in their honor, and some suggestions on how to offer our gratitude and show our appreciation.
Law enforcement appreciation has many faces across our communities. Maybe it’s the thank you to the state trooper who helps you to the side of the busy highway or the officer who fills out the report on your stolen property. Chances are you’ve had plenty of opportunities to feel gratitude for the many services that law enforcement provides and to say “thank you police officers”. Here we offer a little insight to the many roles law enforcement plays, the special observances in their honor, and some suggestions on how to offer our gratitude and show our law enforcement appreciation.
The circumstances when you have the opportunity to say “thank you nurses” are often when you, or your family, are facing illness or poor health. Suddenly there are healthcare workers you’ve never met before, taking care of you, and you feel enormous gratitude. A nurse often provides medicine for your body and soul, helping to reduce your pain but also your fear.
How do you appropriately say “thank you firefighters” to people who keep the community safe, run into dangerous situations, save family members, save homes, save whole forests, and the list goes on? At first glance, the obvious answer is “often and loudly.” Let’s go a little deeper and discuss some ways, and times, to show your firefighter appreciation for our firefighting heroes.