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The Role of First Responders

Justin Fleischhauer, Writer

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A first responder is responsible for going immediately to the scene of an accident or emergency to provide assistance and is typically the first to arrive. Thus, he or she must be able to assess a patient’s condition and be competent in delivering basic first aid.

This is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,  and 365 days a year with no questions asked.

They are the people who run towards danger without knowing what could happen when they get there. When you call them, they will come no matter what. First responders include paramedics, emergency medical technicians, police officers, firefighters, rescuers, and other trained members of organizations connected with this type of work.

Most of the time, police are first on scene and EMS arrive right after them. It’s a hard job; they are with people on their worst day ever. They deal with people who make it hard to do their job and people who don’t want them around but no matter what, they have to deal with the situation.

Every day, these first responders save lives without a please or thank you. People who do this job don’t do it for the money, they do it because someone has to serve and protect the public.

They are the real heroes, not the people in the comic books or the people on TV. They are the people who really help when you’re not feeling well or when you feel threatened–and they protect you.

First responders put their lives on the line everyday and we should greatly appreciate them for the work they do. The next time you see one, you should stop and thank them for their service to your community. Without them, we would not be able to thrive.

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Justin Fleischhauer, Writer

Justin Fleischhauer is a senior at New Milford High School and this is his first year of writing for The Lance. Justin plays an active role in his community:...

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