Inspire 2020: First responders protecting our communities in Cumberland County
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Inspire 2020: First responders protecting our communities in Cumberland County

Through reading the 10 profiles of police, fire, EMS, hazmat and 911 workers inside these pages, you get a glimpse of what motivates these volunteers to put themselves in such risky situations. And it’s heartwarming to see the simple, common theme of a desire to help those in need.

The Sentinel has published numerous stories over the past several years documenting the decline in volunteerism for first responders and the challenges each of these institutions face. It’s becoming a constant grind to maintain a high quality of service.

Now, with this issue of Inspire, we’re putting names to faces so you get a better understanding of what motivates them to serve others in their ultimate time of need ... and doing so when the risk to their own lives can be immense.

We also want to inspire you, our readers, to make every effort to help these people as they do their jobs — pull over when you hear sirens, volunteer when you can, donate money when it’s possible. Do what you can, because they deserve our help.

To all the first responders in Cumberland County and beyond, we say thank you for what you do.

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