There is a very important day coming up in late October, and it’s a day that’s significant to tow truck operators. October 28th is National First Responders Day. It’s a day to recognize and appreciate the brave men and women who take care of others during emergencies, oftentimes putting their own lives at risk as they work to protect others, provide medical care, and save lives. It’s an opportunity to say “thank you” to those who have chosen to work in fields where they’re on the front lines when emergencies happen.
Of course, police officers, paramedics and EMTs, and firefighters are all a part of this group, but first responders also include tow operators. Like police, paramedics, and firefighters, tow operators work along the side of the road and at accident scenes. Towing isn’t just about moving a car that’s broken down. Towers are there to respond to car accidents, and they’re there to assist with weather disasters. They don’t just assist in clearing the roadway. They help people who are going through an extremely scary situation. The work that towers do keeps the roads safer when there’s an emergency.
National First Responders Day got its start fairly recently. In early 2017, Senator Elizabeth Warren, Senator Tom Cotton, Representative Mark Meadows, Representative Michael Capuano, and Representative Elijah Cummings started a resolution to create this day to honor first responders. (And it’s also worth mentioning that Colorado and Boston are also passing resolutions to recognize first responders.)
Having a day set aside to recognize first responders can help people remember how crucial and vital the work of these individuals is, and it’s a chance to say thank you to the first responders in our communities. When an emergency or a disaster strikes, the actions of these men and women save lives.
We want to take the opportunity to say thank you to all of the police officers, firefighters, paramedics, EMTs, and tow operators out there who have dedicated their lives to helping others and saving lives. Thank you for being there in emergencies, and thank you for the work you do every day. We are so appreciative of what you do. It’s something that should be said every day, so we’ll take this chance to do so. Thank you, first responders, for everything you do every day to save lives, help people, and bravely handle emergencies.
Del Campo, Richard. “National First Responders Day.” American Towman,
Oct. 2019, p. 108.