United States Congress: Designate a national holiday honoring America's first responders
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United States Congress: Designate a national holiday honoring America's first responders

    1. Andrew Collier
    2. Petition by

      Andrew Collier

      Concord, NC

My name is Andrew Collier, and I am the proud brother of the late Officer Sean Collier. Sean was a police officer on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who was shot and killed on April 18, 2013 by the suspects connected to the Boston Marathon bombing. Sean's involvement in the community, his love for the people he was protecting, and the principles he showed right until the time of his death are a model of exceptional public service and an example of how we all should live every day. My family and I are so proud of Sean’s commitment to serve and protect. 

I know many families that share this same pride for their loved ones who have dedicated themselves to a life in the emergency response field, including Police, Firefighters, and EMS. We’ve witnessed the bravery and heroism of these men and women time and again -- from running into the Twin Towers on 9/11; to heading toward the sound of gunfire in Colorado, Connecticut; Running into fires like in Arizona, West Texas and too many other recent tragedies; and facing danger for our protection in every community, every day. 

I can't bring Sean back. But as a nation, we can make a commitment to honoring the people who give so much to help our communities every day. It is because of this pride, and the pride for all who serve, that I am writing to ask that a national holiday be designated to honor first responders for their service.

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    News

    1. NEW BILL

      Andrew Collier
      Petition Organizer

      On February 27th a bill was introduced to the house to designate this holiday. Bill 4109

    2. Reached 30,000 signatures
    3. New Photo ( MIT Officer Sean Collier receives Somerville Badge)

      Andrew Collier
      Petition Organizer

      From the left John Lemerman (Brother in law), Brandon Kelly (Friend/Brother), Brendon Lynch (Brother in law) Center Sean Collier (His Somerville uniform) Andrew Collier (Brother), Dic Donahue (Friend) far right Robert Rogers (Brother)

    4. Reached 20,000 signatures
    5. Reached 10,000 signatures
    6. we have a twitter account now

      Andrew Collier
      Petition Organizer

      Fallow us on twitter @2makeachange

    7. Reached 2,000 signatures
    8. Photo

      Andrew Collier
      Petition Organizer

      I changed the photo on the petition to a picture of my brother and a couple of his friends. All from different police forces but all went to the police academy together. Dic Donohue (left) was shot in the shoot out with the Boston Bombers. My brother Sean Collier (Middle) Was shot and killed shortly before that shoot out. Finally Travis Dixon (Right) Is a good friend to both of them and was roommates with Sean.

      If you would like a photo of your fallen hero e-mail me and we will try to get them up there. Thanks for your support

      We have a new easier URL of www.change.org/firstresponders .
      before our web site at www.2makeachange.org and www.facebook.com/1strespondersday

    9. Reached 1,500 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

    • TINA COLLETTA HOLTSVILLE, NY
      • 24 days ago

      WHAT THESE MEN AND WOMEN DID THAT DAY WAS SO HEROIC. WE FORGET TOO SOON AND I BELIEVE A DAY SHOULD BE SET IN THEIR HONOR.

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    • Dwight Ferland USAMERICA ST., NH
      • 28 days ago

      I was a firstresponderr,EMT, Fireman for years now I am on the other side and respect the job they do daily

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    • Elisabeth Szakacs CAMILLUS, NY
      • about 1 month ago

      We would be lost without our first responders. They do a job the rest of us cannot fathom, and they do it honorably, bravely, and daily. They deserve our respect and our appreciation.

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    • Daniel Ward HOBART, IN
      • about 1 month ago

      This is a very important cause to this Nation.

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    • Mike Schrembs ALDEN, NY
      • about 1 month ago

      I currently work in law enforcement and I was an active volunteer firefighter for almost 25 years. it is important to remember those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice for serving their community

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