In Appreciation of Firefighters, Teachers, Police, & EMS

Firefighters, Teachers, Police, & EMS

The month of May is often accompanied by feelings of appreciation. For instance, after seasons of cold and starkness, the weather warms, and flowers bloom. On Mother’s Day each May, we have an opportunity to express gratitude to those women in our lives who graciously fill roles as moms and mother figures. And families with graduates—of any age!—are grateful for the education their students received.

At GenComm, we also welcome May as a month of appreciation, specifically for several groups of public servants whom we are privileged to serve. Firefighters, teachers, police officers, and EMS practitioners are revered each May with days or weeks designated to honor them, and GenComm joins in these acknowledgement efforts.

To start, International Firefighters’ Day is held on the first Sunday in May each year. This day is a time for worldwide recognition of the sacrifices made by firefighters and for thankfulness for their contributions that make their communities as safe as possible. At noon (local time), fire sirens “sound off” for 30 seconds, followed by one minute of silence, in memory of all firefighters who were lost in the line of duty.

Next, Teacher Appreciation Week occurs the first week of May. These days provide a specific opportunity to show support for educators and to express gratitude for their commitment and dedication in shaping our society’s future. The event highlights teachers’ hard work and impact and is designed to let teachers know that their efforts are seen.

The subsequent week is denoted as National Police Week. At this time, tens of thousands of law enforcement officers from around the world gather in Washington, D.C. to participate in events honoring individuals who gave their lives in the line of duty. President John F. Kennedy signed a proclamation in 1962 to enact this occasion of remembrance and support. Individuals who do not travel to the capitol are able to virtually observe or participate in the many local observances.

Lastly, National EMS Week takes place during the third week of May, and this calendar year marks its 50th anniversary. In 1974, President Gerald Ford authorized the tradition, calling on the nation to support efforts to improve emergency medical care across the country. Today, National EMS Week unites local communities and healthcare professionals to celebrate the commitment of those on medicine’s frontlines who deliver lifesaving care every day.

Each group listed here serves selflessly in our communities, and GenComm is honored to provide these essential personnel with the wireless technology that enables them to work safely and effectively. We invite you to join us this month in expressing extra appreciation for their efforts.