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An Open Letter From One Layperson to YOU.

Posted by Jessica Carmichael on 7/8/16 1:28 PM

psg_fbDear first responders,

I sat down at my desk this morning at a loss for words.

As a social media manager for the Jones & Bartlett Learning Public Safety Group, I’m supposed to know the right thing to say, to post, to tweet, to share with YOU. You being our brave first responders—EMTs, paramedics, fire fighters, fire officers, EMS/Fire/Emergency Care instructors, students learning to save lives, the list goes on.

I awoke this morning as I always do…scanning industry news and Google Alerts so I am prepared to share the latest on our various social media accounts. When I saw the headlines of more violence—five Dallas police officers killed overnight—my stomach turned and I thought of you.

Over the last five years, I have tried to entrench myself in the current events that matter to you. What I’ve learned after interacting with many of you in person and on social media is that I have grown to care deeply about these topics and ideas, too. Now, when I see violence in the news, I immediately think of the victims and the many first responders who undoubtedly risked their lives to save others.

Let me be the first to say I don’t pretend to know what your daily lives are really like, but I respect and care about you, your families, and the sacrifices you make to serve our communities.

So, today, when I sat down to share one of these phrases that seem to have become all too commonplace:

“Our thoughts are with you…"

“Our hearts are heavy for…”

…nothing seemed quite right.

Instead, I will leave you with a quote:

“Hope is like peace…It is a gift only we can give one another.”
-Elie Wiesel

From one layperson to YOU—thank you for your service. I have hope for a better future.


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