National First Responders Day


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Friday, October 28, is National First Responders Day, which recognizes the heroic men and women who are on the front lines when they are called to protect and serve.

In 2017, Congress designated October 28 as National First Responders Day. Since its inception, the resolution has honored firefighters, police officers, and Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs).

Some stores or restaurants offer reduced-price options for first responders, while others go all out and make their products or services free as a way of showing appreciation and thanks.

From October 21 through October 28, Lowe’s offers $10 off a qualifying purchase worth at least $75, redeemable on Lowes.com/FirstResponders.

At Macaroni Grill, firefighters, police officers, emergency medical service (EMS) providers, and hospital medical staffers can get a free order of ricotta meatballs and spaghetti. The offer is for dine-in only, however.

The NFL Shop offers a 15% discount year-round for first responders and their families.

In Dallas, Eyemart Express is offering special discounts to honor local heroes. Firefighters, police officers, EMS workers, and health care workers receive a 20% savings on more than 2,000 quality prescription eyewear options for adults and kids.

One helpful way to find more local and national deals is to search #firstrespondersday, #nationalfirstrespondersday, and similar hashtags on social media such as Facebook and Instagram. You may be surprised how local businesses are honoring first responders.

Oftentimes, state fairs, rodeos, public and commercial parks, zoos, and other attractions will offer discounts or even free admissions for first responders. Local businesses of all kinds are supporting first responders, from providing free haircuts to granting go-kart rides.

The rest of us can honor first responders by saying “Thank you” and, if possible, volunteering our time in whatever way we can.

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