On August 17, 2016 Thank You First Responder (TYFRO) was pleased to join Philadelphia Councilman-At-Large David Oh to celebrate the City’s first ever “First Responder Appreciation Day.” The special day was designated on November 19, 2015 when Councilman Oh introduced Resolution 150916, “Designating August 17th as ‘First Responder Appreciation Day in Philadelphia’ into Perpetuity.”
The resolution cites the courageous, selfless, and devoted service of first responders which has benefited the City for generations. Many first responders have lost their lives over the years, paying the ultimate sacrifice to keep Philadelphia’s neighborhoods safe. In a time of imminent threats in Philadelphia and globally, first responders deserve appreciation for their willingness to step in harm’s way for the public’s welfare.
Councilman Oh invited local residents, community groups, and organizations to sponsor local events, such as barbecues, to show appreciation for fire department, EMT and police. “I hope many Philadelphians will embrace this opportunity to reach out to first responders and show them appreciation,” Councilman Oh said. “First responders are always there to answer the call when nobody else is able to, so setting aside August 17 to thank them each year is the least we can do to show our gratitude.”
TYFRO Co-Founder Stan Smith and volunteer Randy Sparks attended the festivities and participated in activities including a barbeque at Lawncrest Recreation Center for Engine 64 Fire Station and a Philadelphia Phillies game against the Los Angeles Dodges where a pre-game ceremony was held honoring first responders and commemorating the Appreciation Day. Other activities included a Mission BBQ lunch at 11000 Roosevelt Boulevard, a luncheon at Finley Recreation Center Advisory Council and delivery of lunches to various police and fires stations throughout the city.