SPECIALIZING IN YOU
Real American Heroes
THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO PUT EVERYTHING ON THE LINE
off-duty firefighters and first responders. Just before the second tower collapsed, many of the firefighters inside failed to receive evacuation orders due to malfunctioning radio systems and other technical difficulties. Both the NYPD and FDNY launched massive search and rescue operations, extracting 20 survivors from the rubble. There’s no telling how many more would have died without the combined efforts of these hundreds of professionals fulfilling their duty to the American people. The impact of 9/11 cannot be overstated, but the work done by police officers, firefighters, and first responders is far from limited to such dramatic crises — these people make similar sacrifices every day of the week. Take the tragic events of last summer in Baton Rouge, for example, when three Louisiana officers were specifically targeted and killed in the line of duty. And no one can claim that any of these individuals are doing it for the money or the fame, because neither of these things truly come with the job. When everybody is running away from a dangerous criminal or a blazing fire, these are the people that are heading toward the danger, solely out of a sense of duty to protect their fellow Americans.
Two months ago, I wrote an article commending the brave men and women of the armed forces who risk it all each and every day so that the rest of us don’t have to. It felt more important than ever for me to recognize these American heroes for all they do, sacrificing their time, their resources, and sometimes their very lives to keep us safe. But as September approaches and the harrowing events of 9/11 begin to re-enter the public consciousness — assuming they ever truly leave it — I realized that I left out so many other heroes frommy outpouring of gratitude. I’m speaking, of course, of the thousands of police officers, firefighters, and first responders who sacrifice for the rest of us on a daily basis, putting themselves in harm’s way to protect us from danger and strife. Four-hundred and twelve New York City emergency workers, acting quickly to rescue the hordes of innocent civilians and extinguish the raging flames, were killed after the twin towers fell, causing the largest loss of emergency personnel in American history. This included the lives of 343 firefighters, as half the entire New York City Fire Department rushed to the scene, supplemented by dozens of
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I said it before, and I’ll say it again. America is made great through the immense sacrifices made by the small number of heroes who have chosen to potentially sacrifice everything for the rest of us. I know I can do more to recognize and support these noble individuals and thank them for everything they’ve done and continue to do for each and every citizen of our cities, our states and our country. dangerous criminal or a blazing fire, these are the people that are heading toward the danger, solely out of a sense of duty to protect their fellow Americans.
– Brad Johnson
President, Risk Services of AR Specialized Insurance Programs For Specialized Industries. • www.insurica.com • 1
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