May 1, 2022, marks 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 to serve our community in so many ways, particularly during the pandemic,” added Mayor Peckford. “We know many front line health care and related personnel may be feeling particularly tired after the last two years when the stress and demands of the job intensified with COVID-19. It is our hope that, as we come out of the pandemic, you finally get some rest.”

Director o 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 fortunate and extremely grateful to have such dedicated emergency responders, including our own volunteer fire service in North Grenville,” said Councillor Kristin Strackerjan and Emergency and Protective Services Liaison. “It’s important that this day not go unnoticed.”

First Responders Day was first observed in Ontario on May 1, 2013.


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