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Let's Honor Our Firefighters This Month and Every Month

October 6, 2016


October is National Fire Prevention and Safety Month.  Many of our Exchange Clubs around the Alabama District and across the United States and in Puerto Rico, are honoring outstanding firefighters and paramedics in their communities this October. At the awards ceremonies, we Exchangites often hear how grateful these brave men and women are that we honor them.  Many times, their work and courage go unnoticed.  We sometimes forget how these firefighters and paramedics put their life on the line for us each and every day.  We forget that these people have families,moms, dads, brothers, and children just like the rest of us. This picture of R.J. Suchocki, the 2016 Firefighter-of-the-Year from the Montgomery Fire Department in Montgomery, AL, tells a story.  R.J. is the father of two, a husband, brother, son, grandson, cousin, friend, and firefighter. At the awards ceremony, everyone related to him who could drive to Montgomery attended the luncheon and supported him.  In the past year,while attending a softball game with his family, he helped stop an armed person from doing violence at the game. Later in the year, while on a flight to go watch his brother compete in America's Ninja Warrior,  he helped a sick lady in an emergency medical situation and saved her life.  His life, like other firefighters and paramedics, demonstrates that he is never "off duty."  When November 1st rolls around, and National Fire Prevention and Safety Month has passed, let's keep these firefighters and paramedics in our minds and prayers each month of the year by writing a note, dropping some treats by the station, or just saying "thank you for your service" when we see these men and women in our communities.

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