“Their selflessness deserves our gratitude”

In the midst of the second catastrophic hurricane to strike the United States in less than three weeks, and on the 16th anniversary of the deadliest terror attack in US history, NJEA’s officers offered words of thanks to the first responders who always step up in our nation’s times of greatest needs.

NJEA President Marie Blistan, Vice President Sean M. Spiller and Secretary-Treasurer Steve Beatty released this statement:

“Today, and always, we salute the first responders who have always stepped forward with courage and commitment in our most difficult times. Those women and men exemplify the best of the American spirit with their willingness to protect and help all of us.

“On September 11, when others were fleeing from danger in the World Trade Center, first responders ran in to help with the evacuation and save lives. Many were injured, and some paid the ultimate price. We must never forget their courage.  This weekend, as residents wisely evacuated many communities in Florida, first responders remained or even went into dangerous conditions in order to help those in need. Their selflessness deserves our gratitude as well.

“Most of the first responders out working in the storm today are public employees. They chose careers of public service, knowing that they might be asked to make great sacrifices.  As a nation, we should honor their dedication and continue to respect the invaluable work that they do.”

NJEA also stands with the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma and will be making donations to assist victims of both storms as they rebuild.  Go here for information about how you can help.


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