In the midst of a disaster, our police, fire and EMS are in a unique position unlike any other human being. They run straight into the dangers even though human instinct of self-preservation tells them to run away. They are trained for this day- trained to encounter people on the worst days of their lives, and trained to stay focused on the mission at hand- saving lives.... Many people do not stop to think that those coming to their aid are their neighbors. While facing disaster, the men and women who are focused on saving you and your family, are also facing their own strife- the loss of their own loved ones, their homes, or facing the difficulty of not knowing if their children are okay and out of harm's way.
Once the dust of an emergency settles, only THEN can our first responders take a look around and see the damage they themselves must face. Only then can they take the time to check on their own families and homes. They begin their own cleanup of devastation once they are sure that everyone around them is in a secure location. This is yet another reason they are our heroes.
Just as you and I, in an emergency, #HeroesNeedHelpToo. Our men and women sacrifice so much and are often forgotten or last in line to receive help because they were busy helping others. LESMA wants to ensure that our heroes are taken care of, too. We have started a Rescuer's Relief Fund and goods drive. In the event of an emergency, LESMA will reach out and make contact with first responders and arrange a delivery or shipment of items sought directly to the requesting agency.
LESMA's Rescue Relief Staff
LESMA's Rescue Relief headquarters are based in Oklahoma. Supplies can be donated at the Elk's Lodge #2320 in Pryor, OK (West Highway 20). You may call Amanda to arrange a supply drive in your area or to arrange a drop-off.
The Rescue Relief Team after a long day's work loading a truck headed to Livingston Parish, Louisiana.
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