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Send a 'Thank You' Note to SLP's First Responders

To commemorate Sept. 11, we will be presenting "thank you" banners to the local police and fire departments.

On Sept. 11, 2001, more than 400 brave emergency workers lost their lives trying to save people in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks.

Because first responders across the country share a tight bond, the deaths in New York City resonated in police and fire departments everywhere.

"I always get choked up on this day," St. Louis Park Fire Chief Luke Stemmer said during a . "I ask that all of you, along with the St. Louis Park firefighters, remember the courage shown that day."

This year, let's show our local first responders how much we appreciate their courage, which they demonstrate by putting themselves in harm's way every day, just so we can live safely.

In the comments section below, we ask that you write a brief "thank you" to St. Louis Park police officers and firefighters. Your words will then be turned into banners that will be presented to both departments on Sept. 11, 2012.

Jenzi Silverman September 05, 2012 at 07:37 PM
I have always had great appreciation and admiration for our first responders, but since 9/11, I have infinitely more....and I ALWAYS think of you all and your amazing bravery and selflessness, every Sept. 11. (Actually, whenever I see any of you out in the community, too.) THANK YOU so very much for all you do.
Michael Rose (Editor) September 05, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Thanks, Jenzi...those are beautiful sentiments. Folks, make sure to get your "thank yous" in over the next few days...I'll then get the banners ready for Tuesday!
Isaac September 06, 2012 at 01:12 PM
As the owner of OPM Boutique we really appreciate the St. Louis Park police who have been needed at our place a few times over the years. The quick response time has been crucial in at least once incident and I'm amazed at how they treat every call with the utmost urgency. Thank you first responders, sorry for the couple false holdup alarms our first two years!
Mary McElmurry September 06, 2012 at 01:25 PM
There are no more special people than first responders. The put their lives on the line every time they answer the call of duty. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your sacrifice amd courage.
shannon bretl September 06, 2012 at 02:25 PM
Thank you for your courage and commitment to keeping St Louis Park safe. We appreciate you!!
Joan Fenton September 06, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Thanks! God bless.
Kay Drache September 07, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Thank you all -- every day and night you are there for us.
Lynn Bottge September 07, 2012 at 02:03 AM
Thank you for being there in case of need. I know I could not do your job. So I thank you for having the courage to do it.
Melanie September 07, 2012 at 02:09 PM
My husband and I were living in Manhattan on 9-11. Our gratitude and appreciation for first responders can't be fully expressed. You are appreciated and respected.
Michael Rose (Editor) September 07, 2012 at 02:16 PM
I'll add my own: It's truly remarkable that we have people in this world that are so committed to the safety of others, and who are ever willing to put themselves in harm's way to protect that safety. Thank you, first responders, for your courage.
Michael Rose (Editor) September 07, 2012 at 09:45 PM
NOTE: I placed an order at Office Max today for the cards, so no new "thank yous" will be used. Thanks to everyone who submitted something!

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