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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