Fallen First Responder
The most beautiful people we have known are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of those depths.
~ Elisabeth Kubler-Ross ~
2022 FOCUS ON CANCER
The purpose of Texas Fallen First Responders Awareness Month and Dress in Purple Day is to shine a spotlight on the sacrifices that first responders and their families make every day. Sometimes the sacrifice seems small, missed holidays or birthdays, long deployments away from home, mandatory overtime to name a few. Sometimes the sacrifice is significant. Career-ending injuries or illnesses that side-lines a first responder are tragic. And, when a first responder dies in the line of duty the devastation to their family, their agency, and their community can last a lifetime. Our goal is to bring awareness to these sacrifices.
While we honor all active and retired first-responders, fallen first-responders, and their families, during the month of May, each year we focus on one issue that can impact the life of a first responder. This year, our focus is on cancer. With the increasing rates of first responders that are being diagnosed or are dying of cancer, we felt that it was important to share stories, resources, and information regarding this terrible disease. Over the next 31 days, we will be sharing this information on this page and on our social media. If you have any resources that you would like to share with us, please don't hesitate to contact us by filling out the Contact Us form below.
Dress In Purple Day - May 12
Show Your Support and Show Your Pride
The Texas LODD Task Force and Governor Greg Abbott have dedicated May as Fallen First Responder Awareness Month. This will be a rallying point for the public service community, their families, and the families of the fallen to come and support those who have given their lives in the line of duty.
It is our hope that together we can garner thousands of citizens, public servants, survivors, families, and advocates throughout Texas to join together to spread support and to remember the fallen by wearing purple, holding fundraising and education events, showing acts of kindness to fire, police, and EMS, reaching out to the injured and the fallen, and talking to friends and family about those who have given so much.