Honoring First Responders

Published in News on 11/21/2018

"Our nation's first responders rush into life-threatening situations for the benefit of others," Chief Postal Inspector Guy Cottrell, Postal Inspection Service, said. "The Postal Service is pleased to honor their skill, dedication and unfailing bravery with this stamp."

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On the week of 9-11, the U.S. Post Office chose Missoula, Montana the home of the Smokejumpers Center to introduce a new stamp honoring first responders.
With this stamp, the Postal Service recognizes the men and women — including firefighters, law enforcement officers, and emergency medical service professionals — who respond to critical situations with skill, dedication and uncommon bravery.
 
"Our nation's first responders rush into life-threatening situations for the benefit of others," Chief Postal Inspector Guy Cottrell, Postal Inspection Service, said. "The Postal Service is pleased to honor their skill, dedication and unfailing bravery with this stamp."
 
Emergencies of all varieties and scales occur in our communities every day, from crimes and medical incidents to accidents and fires. These critical situations require men and women who possess the training and knowledge to rescue the endangered, treat the injured, and restore safety and order. First responders are found throughout our society, from small townships to the federal government. They include a wide range of law enforcement professionals and public safety personnel, from air marshals and transit police officers, to ski patrollers, park rangers, and fish and game wardens. For many, it is a volunteer job; for others, it is their full-time occupation.
 
The digital illustration on this stamp is a symbolic scene that shows three first responders in profile, facing right, as they race into action. From left to right, the first figure is a firefighter carrying an axe. The second figure is an EMS worker, with the EMS Star of Life visible on her cap, upper arm and emergency bag. The third figure is a law-enforcement officer shining a flashlight toward unknown danger ahead. The dark background and signs of smoke in around the figures suggest the wide range of situations that demand the immediate attention of a first responder.
 
Artist Brian Stauffer worked with art director and designer Antonio Alcalá and designer Ricky Altizer to create this stamp.
 
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