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Welcome to Thank You First Responder

A grassroots effort to raise awareness, support, honor, celebrate and say Thank You to First Responders.


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First Responders Put Their Lives on the Line for US

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First Responders Make the Ultimate Sacrifice

On 9/11, more than 400 first responders lost their lives, including 343 firefighters, 60 police officers, and 15 EMTs. Learn more about the creation of a National First Responders Day.

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When You Need Help, First Responders are There for You

Learn the Words to the First Responder Anthem “Thank You First Responder”

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First Responders Touch Our Lives

Join Us in Honoring & Celebrating the Lives of First Responders by Sharing Your Experiences


[Press Release] Thank You First Responder Honored at The Delray Center’s 6th Annual Art Exhibition & Charity Auction

Thank You First Responder has been selected as the benefactor of The Delray Center’s 6th Annual Art Exhibition & Charity Auction on place Friday, April 12th, from 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM, at Bamboo Garden Yoga, 88 SE 4th Avenue in Delray Beach, Florida.

[Press Release] Thank You First Responder Launches Mental Health First Aid Program

Thank You First Responder, Inc. (TYFRO), a 501(c)3 South Florida based non-profit and Broward County Commissioner Tim Ryan will launch a campaign to offer a Mental Health First Aid training course to First Responders.

TYFRO Joins Anita Mitchell on True Oldies FM Radio to Discuss Mental Health First Aid Program Launch

Thank You First Responder (TYFRO) Co-Founder & Board Member Stan Smith joined radio talk show host Anita Mitchell to discuss our Mental Health First Aid Program Launch for First Responders.

[Press Release] 2nd Annual First Responder Appreciation Event

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL. — NOVEMBER 8, 2017 – Thank You First Responder, Inc. (TYFRO) along with Broward County Commissioner Chip LaMarca are inviting the public to our 2nd Annual First Responder Appreciation Event on November 13, 2017 beginning at 5 PM at Bokampers in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Attention First Responders: Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Helping First Responders, Irma Victims

Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line Offers Accommodations To Those In Need Free Hot Meals Being Offered To First Responders (West Palm Beach, FL)—The Port of Palm Beach was cleared on Wednesday, September 13 by USCG for Bahamas Paradise Cruise Line’s MV Grand Celebration to...

[Press Release] Thank You First Responder Launches Kentucky Chapter

Lexington, Kentucky, February 6, 2017 – Thank You First Responder (TYFRO) announces the launch of the Kentucky chapter that will be headquartered in Lexington and work with volunteers to reach every section of the state. Read Full Press Release »

Supporters from 20 U.S. States, Canada and UK Request Resources to Promote First Responder Community Activities

Supporters connect with Thank You First Responder Organization with requests for resources to help promote community activities to thank First Responders.

TYFRO Co-Founders Join Hooters CEO On Capitol Hill to Promote National First Responders Day

Co-Founders Matt Jackson and Stan Smith joined Terry Marks, CEO of Hooters of America along with Andrew Collier, brother of slain MIT police officer Sean Collier to promote National First Responders Day on Capitol Hill.

[Press Release] Thank You First Responder Joins Effort with Hooters to Enact a National First Responders Day

Inspired by Andrew’s determined efforts and on behalf of First Responders across America, Thank You First Responder (TYFRO) and Hooters have partnered with the National Association of Police Organizations, the National Black Police Association to launch FirstRespondersDay.org. #OneWordOneDay #ThankYouFirstResponder

Thank You First Responder Supports Philadelphia First Responder Appreciation Day

Learn how Thank You First Responder (TYFRO) helped to promote City of Philadelphia first ever “First Responder Appreciation Day.” Read More »

What is this About?

Thank You First Responder is a grassroots effort and 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose purpose is to raise awareness, support, celebrate, honor and most importantly say Thank You to our Nation’s First Responders for the difficult job they do every day by putting their lives on the line to protect and enhance our country and way of life.

Together with the aid of individuals, communities, businesses, organizations and the U.S. government, we believe the creation of a Day of Observance is the ultimate expression of thanks and gratitude for First Responders and are working diligently to unify other existing efforts under this umbrella. We the People CAN make a difference!

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First Responders in the U.S.

Organization Background

The creation of the organization began in early 2014 when Doug Stepelton of the Stacy Foundation was in dialogue with Congressman Mark Meadows (R-NC 11) about the need to Honor First Responders and the idea for an anthem song was born. Singer – songwriter Matt Jackson was approached and agreed to write the song and ultimately traveled to Los Angeles to work in the recording studio with Producer and Engineer Darrell Thorp, a multi-Grammy award winner who has worked with a wide range of artists, from Paul McCartney, Ray Charles, Jay-Z, Elton John and Switchfoot to Joni Mitchell, Dwight Yokum and Radiohead among others.

The resulting song, “Thank You First Responder” is a touching anthem instilling emotion and a true sentiment of appreciation for First Responders who demonstrate daily bravery by providing safety for us all. The founders of the organization, Matt Jackson, Ron Polito and Stanton Smith are honored to work with communities across the nation to share the importance of creating a culture of Thank You for America’s Heroes.

Listen to the Anthem “Thank You First Responder”

A touching anthem instilling emotion and a true sentiment of appreciation for First Responders and their daily bravery providing safety for us all.

Listen to the Anthem by playing the Spotify stream.

Watch “A Day in the Life…” Official Music Video for the Anthem – Thank You First Responder

Official Music Video for Thank You First Responder Organization entitled “A Day in the Life…” The music video shares “A Day in the Life” of five different First Responders and communicates the often neglected reality that First Responders are much more than the job responsibilities they perform. Created to promote a “Culture of Thank You” and teach the importance of appreciating ALL First Responders.

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Why Participate?

To honor Law Enforcement, Firefighters, EMTs, Emergency Management and Search & Rescue as well as ALL those who have or continue to dedicate and sacrifice to protect and keep us safe.

Here is one example of a First Responder who sacrificed his life in the line of duty.

MIT Officer Sean Collier Ambushed by Boston Marathon Bombers

Andrew Collier of Charlotte, North Carolina who works at Hendrick MotorSports created a petition to support the creation of a National Holiday for First Responders after his brother, Sean Collier — the MIT officer who was gunned down by the Boston Marathon bombers on April 18, 2013 – tragically lost his life in the line of duty. Andrew is trying to be sure the sacrifice of First Responders – whether they be police officers, firefighters, or paramedics – will never be forgotten.

We are working with Andrew to unify our mutual efforts to educate the public about the importance of establishing a First Responders’ National Holiday.

Watch the story “Collier Strong” produced by Emmy Award-winning NASCAR Productions and narrated by actor/singer and Boston native Donnie Wahlberg.

Learn How to Help Create a National First Responders Day

Show your support and appreciation for First Responders by viewing the petition and learning about the creation of a National First Responders Day.

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Share Your Stories

Please share your stories, photos and videos from interactions and memories of firefighters, EMT’s or law enforcement, trained in urgent medical care and other emergency dispatchers, disaster agencies and even volunteers.  First responders are the people who show up in the face of danger and natural disaster because they are committed to serving others.

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Get Involved!

This initiative requires a full spectrum of participation with all demographics, but especially those who have been helped either directly or indirectly by First Responders. People from all walks of life are critical to the success of this effort. Help us thank First Responders for the difficult job they do every day by putting their lives on the line to protect and enhance our country and way of life.

Thank a First Responder

Join us in saying Thank You to First Responders.

Listen + Watch + Share the Anthem

Inspire others to do the same!

View the Petition

Help to educate about the creation of a National Day of Recognition for First Responders.

Share Your Stories

Share your First Responder Stories with us to encourage others to support the initiative.

Spread the Word

Use the social media sharing buttons to share this website with family and friends. Don’t forget to use the hashtag #ThankYouFirstResponder when you share or post on social media!

 Join Us in Saying Thank You To First Responders

Just add the hashtag #ThankYouFirstResponder to your Tweets, Instagram Media, Flicker Posts or Google+ Activities and we’ll display them below!

We owe a debt of gratitude to our brave first responders who selflessly put themselves in harm’s way to help others. This initiative is a wonderful way to honor them. #ThankYouFirstResponder

Mark Meadows

Congressman (R-NC 11), United States House of Representatives

It is important to remember all the good our nation’s first responders do every day and support them in every way possible. They truly are the line between a civilized society and chaos.

Andrew Collier

Machinist, Hendrick MotorSports

First Responders are not just the ones to pull you out of a burning building, rescue you from a violent car crash or get you to the hospital within the moments between life and death. They are also the ones who pick up your father who has been living in a hospital bed in the living room for a year and often falls from the bed while he’s being cleaned and changed. Not only do they help, sometimes several times a week, they accomplish the action with a smile on their face as they honor a man who used to be strong but has somehow found himself in that position. They perform their job with integrity and respect and I’m forever grateful to the First Responders who graced the doors of my fathers’ home.

Matt Jackson


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    We’re always working to create more ways to say Thank You to First Responders. If you have an idea, share it with us so we can further the cause!

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