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 ~
The Texas LODD Task Force recognizes that we are living and responding to emergencies in unprecedented times. COVID-19 has forever made an imprint on the lives of first responders and their families. Dispatchers, EMS, firefighters, and law enforcement officers are often the very first individuals that respond to an individual who is suffering with COVID-19, and there are many times where a first responder is caring for an individual with a completely different issue and may actually be exposing the first responders to the virus. This unseen enemy has caused even the most experienced first responder to stop and pause. There is a lot of anxiety that comes with not knowing if you have come face to face with this enemy and if it will follow you home.
First responders are dying from this virus, many more have been hospitalized, and every day our front-line warriors continue to go out into the battle and risk their lives to help others. So, for this year's Fallen First Responder Awareness Month, we want to step back from the busyness of planning for this special month and pause to think of and pray for all of those who are out on the streets protecting their communities, honor those who have fallen, and remember the loved ones they have left behind.
More than ever we need to show our support and our gratitude to those working in the emergency services and for their families and loved ones that wait for them to come home safely after their shift is done. Wear your purple with pride this year!
A Message From
President Wendy Norris
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.