Today is a day to salute the men and women who help keep us safe, protect our property, our communities, and our wilderness…and to honor the men and women who have given their lives in the line of duty.

Today, every person in the emergency service career gets recognized; paid and volunteer firefighters, aircraft rescue firefighters, hazardous materials specialists, fire prevention specialists, wildland firefighters, firefighting heavy equipment operators/mechanics, emergency medical technicians, and many more.

HISTORY – The first ever International Firefighters’ Day was held on May 4, 1999, and was recognized around much of the globe.

In the Catholic tradition, May 4 is recognized as a feast day for St. Florian, the patron saint of firefighters, chimney sweeps, and brewers. The cross of Saint Florian remains a common mark of firefighters and the organizations that support them. So, the feast day that honors the patron saint of firefighters was selected as the day to honor the service and sacrifice of firefighters everywhere.

Now we start this new week with the following stories…

Be safe and stay healthy out there!