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To the editor:
This year our nation's firefighters will respond to
well over 2 million fires and over 9 million additional emergencies.
They will, as they do every year, save thousands of lives and
millions of dollars worth of property through their dedicated
efforts. Their job is, by far, one of the nation's most dangerous,
and their sacrifices are many.
In an average year, over 100 firefighters are killed in the line
of duty. Nearly 50 percent of all firefighters are injured in
valiant service each year.
A National Firefighter's Day would be a day to remember the men
and women who protect us now and for those who have given their
lives in the line of duty. They all are heroes. By honoring them, we
pay special tribute to the spirit of community and unselfishness
that is such an integral part of their character. Firefighters are
inspirational examples for all of us and are worthy of our highest
praise for their tireless devotion to fulfilling their sacred
responsibilities to society.
Let us also thank all of the first responders and the many
organizations that constantly work toward the mutual goals of health
To enhance public awareness of the courage and supreme devotion
of our nation's firefighters, it is my hope that the Congress of the
United States of America will set aside a National Firefighter's Day
so that we may recognize these brave men and women who serve this
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If you think the National Firefighters Day is a good idea, please
write your representatives in Congress.
In Illinois send to:
http://www.house.gov/writerep/ to find your U.S. representative
if you do not know who it is.
For U.S. Senators:
I don't know that online petitions are any more effective than
those that are e-mailed in chain letters. Still, the online one for
a National Firefigher's Day is at
(Posted Sept. 13, 2006)
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