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Eric Holder Calls On First Responders To Carry Overdose Reversal Drug

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sledge | Posted 04.16.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder called on police and fire departments Wednesday to equip their employees with a lifesaving drug that c...

Winter Meets Heroes Hauling Technology

Diane Smith | Posted 03.06.2014 | Technology
Diane Smith

The true heroes in these stories though will always be the emergency services professionals who show up in the darkest of times, in the worst of conditions, and make miracles happen. And it's neighbors and friends who bring us together to help rebuild or console.

Yoga: Serving Those Who Serve

Rob Schware | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

This is an interview with Olivia Kvitne, who started her service career in 2003 teaching low-cost private yoga sessions for people with disabilities w...

Chris Christie's Pity Party

Roger Witherspoon | Posted 03.12.2014 | Politics
Roger Witherspoon

What was most stunning about The Governor's prayerful pity party was that he spent two hours expressing incredulity and remorse because his staff and political henchmen and women lied to him. He was not chagrined that they lied to the people of New Jersey.

United by a Uniform: First Responders on The Front Lines of Suicide Prevention

Yost Zakhary | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Yost Zakhary

For many years, the prevailing culture among first responders, and members of the military and Veterans, has been stoicism. Whatever it was you'd gone through you'd better deal with quietly, deal with it alone and get back to work.

Celebrating Everyday Heroes This National First Responders Appreciation Day

Chief Bob Harvey | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Chief Bob Harvey

All of our nation's defenders, including firefighters, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) and law enforcement, can find comfort in knowing that we protect America's communities as best as we humanely can. And so, with National First Responders Appreciation Day on the horizon, I encourage you to pause and say "thank you" to those who, without fail, show up.

Redefining First Response

Nancy Aossey | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Nancy Aossey

Thirty years of experience have taught us that far more lives can be saved by training local residents, giving them the resources and tools they need to be their own First Responders before a crisis hits.

These Photos Of 9/11 First Responders Break Our Hearts, But They Also Make Us Damn Proud

The Huffington Post | Andy McDonald | Posted 09.11.2013 | Politics

Very little needs to be said about the following photos of first responders on September 11th, 2001 and during the subsequent recovery efforts. The im...

On 9/11, Remember the Importance of First Responders

Nancy Brown | Posted 11.09.2013 | Healthy Living
Nancy Brown

"More people are growing up wanting to become EMTs and paramedics, many of them inspired by the events of Sept. 11. We've also had siblings and children of people who were involved that day join our ranks."

Another Team of Heroes for Kids

Kate Carr | Posted 10.27.2013 | Impact
Kate Carr

With quiet competence and courage, never having confronted this kind of horror before, Antoinette started talking to the young man, and surprisingly, he started talking back.

A Communications Network Worthy of Our First Responders

Sen. Jay Rockefeller | Posted 10.02.2013 | Technology
Sen. Jay Rockefeller

FirstNet is going to make sure we minimize any chance for communications failures during emergencies. Sadly, though, we have seen what happens when our first responders can't communicate, most notably on September 11, 2001.

Bent But Not Broken

Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D. | Posted 06.25.2013 | Religion
Karyn L. Wiseman, Ph.D.

This has been an impossible couple of weeks of tragedy and triumph, brokenness and bravery, gory injuries and graciousness, terror and tenacity, angry words and awakenings, betrayal and blessing.

Preparing for the Next Boston Bombing

Gov. Martin O'Malley | Posted 04.25.2013 | Politics
Gov. Martin O'Malley

Over a decade after 9/11, many of our communities have become more prepared to deal with the threat of a terrorist attack or crisis situation like the Boston Marathon bombing. Leaders in every community must ask themselves whether they are doing everything they can to be prepared.

In the Line of Fire

Lillie Leonardi | Posted 06.23.2013 | Impact
Lillie Leonardi

A hero is defined as a person noted for a courageous act. And courage it is said, is not the absence of fear, but rather, the judgment that something is more important than the fright felt.

Study: 9/11 Responders See 15% Increased Cancer Risk

Newsday | Ridgely Ochs | Posted 06.23.2013 | New York

A major health study of 9/11 responders has found an increased risk of cancer, mirroring two prior investigations. The federally sponsored study of a...

Playing Politics With the Boston Tragedy

Michael Sargeant | Posted 06.21.2013 | Politics
Michael Sargeant

At its simplest, politics is about people, and in the midst of national crisis, elected officials should be working to support law enforcement and the citizens involved in the situation -- or they should be quiet.

Searching For My Son The Day Of The Boston Marathon Bombing

Deborah Doucette | Posted 06.16.2013 | Fifty
Deborah Doucette

Where is he? 'Where are you?' I texted my son at 3 p.m., right after I heard that bombs exploded at the finish line of The Boston Marathon. There were injuries, perhaps deaths, at that time unconfirmed, numbers of victims unclear. Confusion. Chaos.

Tell Dems: Vote for Back to Work Budget -- And Win in 2014

Roger Hickey | Posted 05.17.2013 | Politics
Roger Hickey

Despite a presidential campaign that revolved a lot on who had the better jobs plan, the political debate in Washington, driven by the party that lost the presidency, is once again dominated by the question of which party has the best plan to cut deficits. But Democrats should not forget that voters still care most about jobs.

9/11 Fund Makes First Payment To Sick Responders

AP | DAVID B. CARUSO | Posted 03.31.2013 | New York

NEW YORK -- A special fund set up by Congress to compensate people who got sick after being exposed to toxic World Trade Center dust following Sept. 1...

Supporting First Responders to Children's Trauma

Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D. | Posted 03.06.2013 | Impact
Mary L. Pulido, Ph.D.

First responders must be supported. It's critical that they remain at the top of their game -- for themselves -- and for all of the children and families that count on them during times of trauma.

Sandy Recovery Must Include Safe Working Conditions

Rory Lancman | Posted 01.27.2013 | New York
Rory Lancman

OSHA and every other federal and state agency involved in recovering from Hurricane Sandy need to enforce our workplace safety rules vigorously for those men and women doing the dirty and dangerous job of getting New York back in order.

Giving Thanks

Candy Spelling | Posted 11.21.2012 | Entertainment
Candy Spelling

This year I find myself especially thankful not just for the safety of my own family but also for the incredibly brave first responders who were there to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy. This Thanksgiving is truly a tribute to their courage.

Sandy First Responders Help Victims Before Themselves

AP | DAVID B. CARUSO | Posted 11.14.2012 | New York

NEW YORK -- When Sandy's storm surge plowed into the seaside neighborhood of Breezy Point, New York City police Officer and volunteer firefighter Tim ...

Mitt Romney: "Cleaning Up Hurricane Sandy Is Like Cleaning Up After a High-School Football Game"

Peter D. Rosenstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Peter D. Rosenstein

Lawrence O'Donnell reported on Mitt Romney's comments regarding clean-up after Hurricane Sandy and said that in order to buff his own image as a disaster-relief specialist Romney compared the Sandy cleanup to... his experience cleaning up the field after a high-school football game.

In Sandy's Path, Global Warming Not a Joke and Emergency Aid Debt Not 'Immoral'

Christine Pelosi | Posted 12.29.2012 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

The essence of Americanism -- community responsibility preserving individual liberty -- is in the eye of Frankenstorm Sandy and in the center of the election. Who we are is entwined with how we take care of our own.