Honoring First Responders
I want to use this month’s post to honor the first responders in our community. The systems we implement have many first responders: from the facilities manager, to the security staff, to the police and fire departments. Today in this post I simply want to take a moment and say thank you to all of you that demonstrate bravery in the midst of fear. I pray you get home safely each day and I am thankful that you come when we all need you.
On May 18th Seattle Rotary hosted the Seattle Fire Department’s Annual Awards ceremony and I had the privilege, along with my fellow Rotarian Ken Colling, retired CEO of Goodwill Seattle, to Day Chair the program. We had the joy of meeting several of Seattle’s finest and of working alongside Chief Scoggins and his team in achieving the event. We also had the honor of presenting the Rotary Service-Above-Self award to the team at Canlis. This proved to be a very poignant moment that brought into focus how much our first responders mean to all of us.
As Brian Canlis took the award and the podium, accepting the award for the Canlis team’s efforts to feed the professional first responders, our fire and police department members and other city services that were on scene for more than 12 hours,he opened with:
“Thank God you did”….. as he said it, tears in his eyes and few dry eyes nearby (including my own), it struck home to me how grateful I am that there are those that run into the burning building, or toward the gunshots, that work 24/7/365 to protect our property and our wellbeing.
Make it a great day!