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Deserving of our endless gratitude

Even though they deserve our thanks every day, it’s important this week that we recognize the efforts of firefighters and nurses.

Members of both groups have critical roles in the day-to-day operation of our communities, especially now, as they find themselves among those who are on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19.

Today is National Nurses Day, which annually begins the week which concludes on May 12, the birthday of Florence Nightingale, who is recognized as the founder of modern nursing. According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, there are more than 3.8 million registered nurses in the United States. They comprise the largest component of the health care workforce and are the primary providers of hospital patient care.

Despite the shortages of protective equipment we continue to read about, they are willing to risk their lives every day to give their patients the best care possible and to help control the spread of the coronavirus and other infectious diseases.

Monday was International Firefighters Day, a day set aside each year to recognize the men and women who are willing to put themselves into harm’s way to keep us safe and protect our property.

Firefighters run toward burning buildings and bad accidents when the rest would run away, and they always are ready to serve their communities, their neighbors and total strangers.

They are good people to be around, but when they’re toned out on a call, there are few who are more focused and more professional.

There are an estimated 1,134,000 firefighters in the United States. Of that number, 346,150 are career firefighters, meaning more than 788,000 are volunteers.

The nurses and firefighters who serve in communities throughout the Tri-State Area continue to demonstrate courage and dedication to their crafts in all that they do. They are true heroes, and for their efforts they have earned our thanks and gratitude.

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