When my friend Skip asked if I'd like to participate in a fundraiser benefitting first responder charities, I of course said I'd be on board. As I sit here today, only a few weeks out from the event, I'm working on the why. There are a lot of charities out there and we try to support them where we can, but why this one?
There are a lot of answers I suppose, and here is what it all boils down to for me. Police and fire are often the first people on the scene when something bad happens. It could be a car accident, or domestic abuse, a massive fire or terrorist attack. These are the men and women whose job it is to be there, not only to restore calm and order, but to see to the physical and immediate mental safety of any victims.
I've been lucky enough to know friends who are in law enforcement, serve in a fire department, or work as EMTs. I can't ever fully appreciate what their work lives are like, but I do know the stresses of the job and their experiences weigh on them. And they're the ones that get to go home to their families.
Closer to home, emergency services were often called to my sister's home for various reasons, often unnecessary. However, they were always kind and helpful to her, and probably saved her when she wandered outside in the middle of the night on a busy street in winter. I can only say how appreciative I am, not only for my sister but in general, as they are there for everyone in the community.
Donations will support The 100 Club of Massachusetts. This organization was founded in 1959 and supports the families of the fallen. I like that they don't hand over a check and wish them the best - they are there for the family for life. I hope I can help ease the loss of one fallen hero's family by participating in this event and thank you in advance if you are able to help.