New First Responder Stamp Available
Friday, September 14, 2018 | Comments

Firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMS professionals and other emergency personnel were recognized by the U.S. Postal Service at a first-day-of issue ceremony for the Honoring First Responders Forever stamp.

"Our nation's first responders rush into life-threatening situations for the benefit of others," said Guy Cottrell, the Postal Inspection Service's chief postal inspector and dedicating official. "The Postal Service is pleased to honor their skill, dedication and unfailing bravery with this stamp."

The ceremony was held at the Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center in Missoula, Montana, which is home to the nation's largest training center for firefighters who parachute into remote areas of national forests to combat wildfires. Artist Brian Stauffer worked with art director and designer Antonio Alcalá and designer Ricky Altizer to create the stamp.

Emergencies of all varieties and scales occur in our communities every day, from crimes and medical incidents to accidents and fires. These critical situations require men and women who possess the training and knowledge to rescue the endangered, treat the injured, and restore safety and order. First responders are found throughout our society, from small townships to the federal government. They include a wide range of law enforcement professionals and public-safety personnel, from air marshals and transit police officers, to ski patrollers, park rangers, and fish and game wardens. For many, it is a volunteer job; for others, it is their full-time occupation, the statement said.

The stamp can be purchased through the US Postal Service.

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