Here’s my email I sent for the Fourth of July:
Freedom. It’s what July the fourth is all about. “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” That’s what we celebrate on the Fourth of July, our freedom. But as Dr. Pat Murray said, “Freedom was paid for by the blood and conviction of it’s citizens.” And nowhere is that more evident than in the lives of the first responders, the Law Enforcement, Fire Fighters and EMS personnel that protect us and keep us safe and secure. Some of you will be on duty in a firehouse, or patrolling the streets during the holiday. Thank you. Thank you for your service and sacrifice of putting your own life on the line every day.
It’s been a rough year for both law enforcement and fire fighters. Deaths in the line of duty are up compared to last year for both groups. And some you may have stress at home that you are dealing with. But I’d like to give you some encouragement. I don’t think that you get near the amount of gratitude that you deserve, so I do what I can. Never forget that you are appreciated. For every bad apple out there, there are others that really appreciate what you do.
I’ve said it before and will say it again, you all are heroes. I don’t know how often you hear it, but I’m certain it’s not nearly enough. It’s been said that “True heroes are those who, though perhaps unknown throughout their lives, make it possible for others to take hold of their destiny and the destiny of their generation. They do this by their character, by their labors, and by their exceptional devotion.” Thank you for all that you do. I wish a happy Fourth of July to each and every one of you.