May 1, 2021 marked First Responders Day – a province-wide initiative to recognize the dedication and crucial work of our first responders. First Responders Day invites all Ontarians to recognize workers on the front line, including police officers, firefighters, military personnel, paramedics, dispatchers, nurses, doctors and emergency personnel. “On behalf of Council and the community of North Grenville, I want to thank each and every one of our first responders for their work,” said Mayor Nancy Peckford. “First responders put their lives on the line every day to protect us, and have gone above and beyond this past year to serve our community in so many ways, despite the additional long-standing challenges of COVID-19,” added Mayor Peckford. Director of Emergency and Protective Services/Fire Chief John Okum emphasized that the Municipality is fortunate to have such a talented and committed group of volunteer firefighters who serve collectively with all other first responders. “We are so grateful here in North Grenville to have such dedicated emergency responders, including our own volunteer fire service,” said Councillor Kristin Strackerjan. “It’s important that this day not go unnoticed.” First Responders Day was first observed in Ontario on May 1, 2013.