When we hear the term “First Responders” we immediately think about emergencies that we have seen when firefighters, police or EMTs converge to a site to provide vital services to those in need.
A first responder is an employee of an emergency service who is likely to be among the first people to arrive at and assist at the scene of an emergency such as an accident, natural disaster, or terrorist attack. First responders typically include police officers, deputy sheriffs, firefighters, paramedics, and rescuers. A certified first responder is one who has received certification to provide pre-hospital care. A community first responder is a person dispatched to attend medical emergencies until an ambulance arrives. A wilderness first responder is trained to provide pre-hospital care in remote settings and will therefore have skills in ad hoc patient packaging and transport by non-motorized means.
Perhaps the attack on the World Trade Center in New York was when our attentions were most drawn to the “first responding” heroic men and women who rushed into the inferno while thousands of workers within the walls of those towers rushed out. They climbed the stairs when those with three piece suits and pant suits made their way down toward ground level, attempting to escape the horror of that Tuesday morning in September.
During the September 11 attacks in 2001, 2,996 people were killed and more than 6,000 others wounded. These immediate deaths included 265 on the four planes (including the 19 terrorists), 2,606 in the World Trade Center and in the surrounding area, and 125 at the Pentagon. The attacks of September 11, 2001, were the deadliest terrorist act in world history and the most devastating foreign attack on American soil since the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.
If you ever make your way to New York City, be sure to visit the memorial that has been created on that site where so many lost their lives. Kay and I and the Begays had that privilege nearly three years ago when on a speaking tour in the area. In the middle of the busy financial district there was a quiet reverence, similar to what you find in a cemetery. In many ways, that is exactly what it is.
I’ve been working on the program for the upcoming Healing Field of Flags that will be displayed in a couple of weeks on Memorial Day Weekend. This is the major fund raiser of my San Juan Rotary Club. This is our attempt to keep MEMORIAL in Memorial Day. Over 500 American flags will be flying in the breeze at the Boys and Girls Club football field. For $60 you can purchase a flag and Dog Tag (with name of family member or friend who served in or died in the military) After the closing ceremony on Memorial Day at 5 p.m. you will be able to take your flag home or allow us to use it again next year. The Four Corners Home for Children is one of the organizations that benefit from this event as our club is one of the four major sponsors of the annual Bi-Fly Fishing Tournament being held this August 18 and 19.
The Farmington Fire Department Honor Guard will be presenting the colors for this year’s Memorial Day Program on May 29th at 5 p.m. They are currently raising funds for Honor Guard uniforms, Parade Axes, Flag Poles, stands, etc. For more information you can contact Phil Logan at the Farmington Fire Department. They are currently working on a 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb at Ricketts Park on September 9th. More details later.
In closing, I ask this question for all of us who believe in Christ. As we walk through life we will be confronted with people who are in distress; emotionally, physically and spiritually. Through the power of the Holy Spirit we receive discernment concerning those that we come in contact with. Sometimes, there are needs in the lives of our own family members or co-workers. Other times, it may be a complete stranger. When the opportunity arises, do we run the other way or actively reach out with the love of Christ? Sometimes it may just be a listening ear. Let’s become FIRST RESPONDERS! “Never walk away from someone who deserves help. Your hand is God’s hand for that person.” (Proverbs 3:27 The Message)