Claim: E-mail petition started by the son of a New York firefighter seeks to establish a National Firefighters Day.
Example: [Collected on the Internet, 2001]
Firefighters from all over have come to the aid and rescue of the tragedy in New York and Washington D.C. Many firefighters have lost their lives to save someone else’s. The truth of the matter is they do this every single day. They truly are heroes. I know many of you feel the same as I
In honor of the bravery, courage and determination of American firefighters, there should be a day in our nation to celebrate and appreciate their hard work and never ending passion for saving lives.
Let’s start a petition for a National Firefighters Day. Will you join me? Please type in the chronological number, your name, city and state and pass it along. You must copy this message into your outgoing
* When the list reaches 500 please Email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Hello, I am Connor Geraghty, of Rockville Centre, NY. I lost my Dad on
Firefighters from all over have come to the aid and rescue of the tragedy in New York and Washington, D.C. Many firefighters have lost their lives to save someone else’s; the truth of the
In honor of the bravery, courage and determination of American firefighters, there should be a day in our nation to celebrate and appreciate their hard work and never-ending passion for saving lives. I think we should honor all those other heroes who still live today.
Please join me. Let’s start a petition for a National Firefighters Day.
Will you help make every September 11th “National Firefighters Day”?
Please join me!
Connor Geraghty, 14
Origins: In the wake of the
establishment of a National Firefighters Day. In fact, a National Firefighters Day had already been
proclaimed by executive order at least twice in recent years, in 1991 by President Bush and again in 1993 by President Clinton. Neither of these proclamations established a permanent, annual day of honor for firefighters, however.
The two e-mail petitions quoted above both began to circulate shortly after
and caused incoming messages to bounce. Connor’s petition did serve the purpose of calling wider attention to his cause: his mother forwarded it to New York Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, who in turn read a tribute to Connor and Edward Geraghty into the Congressional Record.
As far as we know, no legislative effort has yet been undertaken to establish a National Firefighters Day. Also, according to a
For those still interested in establishing a National Firefighters Day, sponsoring a petition on the web rather than via
Last updated: 8 March 2005