Leaders from First Responder Heroes, FDNY and NYPD Join First Responders Children’s Foundation and SERVPRO in Calling for Official ‘National First Responders Day’

Leaders from First Responder Heroes, FDNY and NYPD Join First Responders Children’s Foundation and SERVPRO in Calling for Official ‘National First Responders Day’

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President Biden, Governor Hochul, Mayor Adams, thirteen states Issue proclamations in favor


Heroes from across America presented medals at Historic Times Square Event

NEW YORK, Oct. 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — In an effort to formally designate Oct. 28 as “National First Responders Day,” dozens of police officers, firefighters, nurses, EMTs and other first responders from across the United States joined the First Responders Children’s Foundation (FRCF) and SERVPRO at a ceremony and press conference in Times Square on Friday to help make the national recognition day official.

President Joe Biden made a proclamation in support of the NFRD for the Times Square event, as did New York Governor Kathy Hochul, New York City Mayor Eric Adams, and the governors of 12 other states. . Available luminaries included Port Authority Police Department (PAPD) Superintendent Edward Cetnar; Fire Department of the City of New York (FDNY) Department Chief John J. Hodgens; Deputy Chief James McCarthy of the New York City Police Department (NYPD); US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) Deputy Special Agent in Charge (New York Office) Jimmy Arroyo; SERVPRO COO John Sooker; and FRCF President and CEO Jillian Crane. A joint NYPD, FDNY, PAPD Color Guard helped kick off the event.

“First responders risk everything for us day and night, and a national day recognizing their sacrifices is long overdue,” said Ms. Crane. “During fires, hurricanes, floods and other extreme events, these heroes leave it all behind, including family time and obligations the rest of us take for granted. First Responders Children’s Foundation salutes each of these heroes, as well as their families, and it is our optimistic hope that National First Responders Day will be officially recognized by the federal and all 50 state governments by this date next year. ”.

The House of Representatives in Washington has already declared October 28 National First Responders Day (NFRD), and the US Senate is expected to do the same soon. (NFRD would not be a bank or school holiday.)

Several first responders from across the country received medals at the Times Square ceremony, organized by FRCF and SERVPRO. The “Hero Roll Call Presented by SERVPRO” ceremony included awards for:

  • Detective Lieutenant Commander John Ryan, a 43-year veteran of the PAPD Special Operations Command who served as the Day Visits Task Force Commander for the entire World Trade Center rescue and recovery operation;
  • Grand Traverse County, MI 911 Dispatcher Andrea Holczman who guided (by phone) the delivery of a baby on the road;
  • Erin Coalliar RN BSN, NICU Nurse at Helen Devos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, MI, who has transported countless neonatal medical patients to hospitals by air and by ground;
  • Anderson County, KY EMT Jimmy Robinson, who saved a 14-year-old boy from drowning in a storm drain;
  • Los Angeles County Fire Department veteran Capt. David Laub, who flew to New York to assist in rescue and recovery efforts after the 9/11 attacks. Captain Laub also participated in the rescue and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico after Hurricanes Irma and Maria;
  • DEA Special Agent Christian Garcia, who targeted major drug trafficking organizations and drug traffickers responsible for distributing the deadliest drug facing American communities right now, fentanyl and fentanyl pills;
  • New York Police Department Detective Erin Currie works in the Division of Gun Violence Suppression and has been instrumental in getting guns off the streets and is leading the charge related to gang takedowns in Brooklyn.

President Biden’s proclamation is available here. New York Governors Proclamations; Connecticut; Kentucky; Louisiana; Michigan; Mississippi; Snowfall; Oregon; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Vermont and West Virginia in support of National First Responders Day were also issued for the event.

This is the third National First Responders Day hosted by the First Responders Children’s Foundation.

NOTE: Video of this event will be available upon request.


For more than 21 years, FRCF has created programs to help children and families struggling with the difficulties that often accompany life with a first responder parent. Founded in the immediate aftermath of 9/11 to help the 800 children who lost a parent to first aid in the attacks, FRCF focuses on four key programmatic areas: Scholarships; financial assistance grants; a Mental Health Resilience Program; and community participation. Today, FRCF is a national foundation impacting more than 400,000 children and families of first responders. More information can be found at www.1stRCF.org. Follow First Responders Children’s Foundation on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram @1strcf.

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