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Honoring the Bravery of Our First Responders

Honor, courage, dedication: These are just a few of the words we use to describe our first responders, those who never fail to answer the call to help their community members in need.

And no three words have ever been more easily recognized than on that fateful day of September 11, 2001. The North Carolina General Assembly has designated September 11 as “First Responder Day,” in remembrance of the terrorist attacks 18 years ago.

We pause to remember the hundreds of first responders who were lost in the line of duty trying to save others that day. But we also take the time to honor the sacrifices our local first responders make every day. Instead of turning away from danger or uncertainty, first responders risk their lives to save others or protect property.

Today and every day, we honor all North Carolina firefighters, police officers, rescue and EMS workers for their heroism and service to others. These are the brave men and women committed to protecting the people and communities they serve.

You are Civic. You are family, and we thank you for all that you do every day.

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Maurice Smith