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Thank a first-line responder this week

By Beth Williams • Apr 10, 2018 at 11:00 AM

First responders are on the front lines and are the first in the system to respond to an overdose or cry for help.

During the last few years our first-line responders have been challenged with high stress and challenging calls throughout our community. The numerous overdoses, suicides and general disruptive incidents add pressure and adversity to an already challenging job. Front-line responders, law enforcement, fire and emergency medical services keep all of us safe.

The governor’s office, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Ohio Association of County Behavioral Health Authorities, the Huron County Board of Mental Health and Addiction Services and the Huron County commissioners have proclaimed April 9 to 15 as a week of appreciation to honor and thank these heroes.

The first responders will be formally thanked by officials and volunteers who will be delivering lunches and “thank you” baskets. The “thank you” baskets will contain some treats along with flash drives containing a thank-you video, a self-care video, and a video on protecting yourself from fentanyl. The thank-you effort is being coordinated by the Huron County Board of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Those helping with deliveries include local volunteers and Rep. Dick Stein.

Please thank a first-line responder this week, as they bring help and hope to our community.

Dr. Beth B. Williams is executive director of the Huron County Board of Mental Health and Addiction Services in Norwalk.

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