Homes for Heroes is absolutely devastated by the events in Florida yesterday. We’re hugging our children, our grandchildren, our sisters, our brothers, and our heroes a little tighter.
To Our Teachers:
We see you. We know, without a doubt, that when we send our children to school, that you – all of you – would absolutely give your life to protect them. There’s no doubt in our minds. You work tirelessly to educate, love, challenge, inspire and protect your students. You give your own resources, energy, knowledge, and self to accomplish the enormous task of preparing future generations to stand up and become productive, kind, and happy members of society. Without you teachers, our world would be a much darker place. You are truly our Heroes. Thank you. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
To Our School Volunteers:
We see you. We know you are the unseen heroes that become available to our children at school. We know you walk the hallways, you see the emotions on our children’s faces and know instantly if something seems off, and you act accordingly to brighten their day. You pick up the garbage left behind, you find the kids skipping class, you listen to all the laughter and chatter in between classes, and you know every student’s name. You supervise, instruct, lead, correct, discipline, and love our children as your own. Just the sight of you volunteering in the library, the hallways monitoring everyone, or helping lunch run smoothly adds a sense of comfort to each child. Thank you. Thank you so much.
To Our Law Enforcement:
We see you. We watched the helicopter live feed yesterday as you systematically and powerfully cleared rooms and buildings, freeing students still in lockdown. It’s a scene we’ve seen way too many times on LIVE feeds, but you’re always there – responding first and putting yourselves in danger to protect and save our kids. As if that wasn’t enough, we saw you behind the scenes of news shots comforting parents, hugging kids, and even comforting each other. Wow. Just, wow.
And then, you got him. You got the shooter. We watched as you handcuffed him, loaded him into the ambulance, and handled him with the utmost care and precision so he could be tried and justice could be served. Thank you for that. Thank you for not doing what we all wished we could have. Thank you for making it so we can see him receive justice.
We cannot even begin to imagine the things you must have seen and trauma that you too experienced but we know – you would rather it be you then ANY of us. And for that, we are just dumbfounded, thankful, humbled, and overwhelmed.
To the EMTs and Medics:
We see you. We saw you on the corner of the street tending to the injured. How you immediately triaged severity of the wounds and worked as a team to save the lives of the students injured. Every child there on that corner had an EMT or medic with them either for comfort or to save a life. You worked fast, and well – and next shift you’re going to do the same for the thousands of lives you save every day.
To the retired firefighter and paramedic out in Oregon:
We heard about how, when news spread of the Thurston School shooting in 1998, you had the day off but drove down to the school in your normal clothes to aid and help the injured. To all the heroes that were off on days like that, but showed up anyways- we see you too. And thank you.
To the Medical Staff:
We see you. We heard you just had a mock drill a few months ago for a live shooter event, and that you were prepared and ready. We also know, no matter how prepared you are, you’re never prepared to see what you saw yesterday. However, you acted fast and were ready to take in the injured and without a doubt, saved lives. Thank you for all the hard work you did to be in the medical field, to save lives. And thank you, for protecting your patients’ rights to privacy as the news media pushed detail after detail. Thank you. This is also why you’re our heroes.
All our Heroes:
We see you. All of us. All of America. Every single one of us. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts. THANK YOU!