60 Thank You First Responder Quotes To Appreciate Real Heroes

Looking for words of appreciation for first responders? We have rounded up the best collection of first responder quotes, sayings, messages, status, (with images and pictures) to thank the real heroes who are the first to fight in an emergency situation.

A first responder is a person with specialized training who is among the first to arrive and provide assistance at the scene of an emergency, such as an accident, natural disaster, or terrorism.

A first responder’s job entails being the first on the scene of an emergency or disaster such as a firefighter or police officer. Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs), paramedics, firefighters, and police officers are all considered first responders.

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While we should be thanking our firefighters, paramedics and EMTs every day, October 28 is National First Responders Day, which offers a unique opportunity to show our appreciation. These heroic men and women are the first ones on the scene of natural disasters, tragedies and accidents.

Incidents like 9/11, the pandemic of 2020, are some of the tragedies when our first responders, were always there to combat any adversity to save thousand of lives and sacrificed their own. Our love, respect, gratitude towards them is endless and we would love to extend our support to them. #FirstResponderRealHeroes

These heartfelt quotes in the honor of first responders. These tribute and appreciation quotes are divided in these sections;

  • First Responder Quotes
  • Thank You First Responder Quotes

If you are inspired to appreciate the efforts of first responders towards every citizen, then also check out firefighter quotes and inspirational doctor quotes to thank our real heroes.

 First Responder Quotes

  1. “No hero is mortal till he dies.” – W.H. Auden

  2. “You can’t train too much for a job that can kill you.”

  3. “The hero is never the star of the story.” – Marilyn Manson

  4. “Don’t forget, you are the hero of your own story.” – Greg Boyle

  5. “It’s so important to talk to the first responders.” – Brooke Baldwin

  6. “A hero is one who knows how to hang on one minute longer.” – Novalis

  7. “A hero cannot be a hero unless in a heroic world.” – Nathaniel Hawthorne

  8. “When danger comes, some men cry, scream, cover or run. We are not those men.”                                                                                                                                         
    inspirational first responder quotes
    inspirational first responder quotes

  9. “Answer the urgent call. Help when tragedy strikes. And do it for free.” – Isabella Koldras

  10. “The most basic job of an EMT is to notice things and then wonder about them.” – Thom Dick

  11. “Until you put your life up as collateral for another life, you don’t know what lifesaving is about.”

  12. “For one thing, I don’t think that anybody in any war thinks of themselves as a hero.” – Steven Spielberg                                                                                                         
    First Responder Quotes Images
    First Responder Quotes Images

  13. “All first responders do noble work, and all of them deserve our respect and our appreciation.” – William Barr                                                                                                             
    thank you first responders quotes
    thank you first responders quotes

  14. “I’m extremely grateful to all the first responders, veterans and their families for all their sacrifices.” – Taya Kyle

  15. “You have to keep the body going until the brain and the heart recover enough to go on their own.” – Joe Connelly

  16. “Connecticut’s first responders and defense workers work every day to help us achieve these goals.” – Christopher Dodd

  17. “It doesn’t take a hero to order men into battle. It takes a hero to be one of those men who goes into battle.” – Norman Schwarzkopf

  18. “First responders are a resilient lot. They deal with many types of situations and are very good at improvisation in their work.” – Jesse Spencer

  19. “We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember….” – George W. Bush

  20. “Playing a cop on TV and working closely with actual cops on set, I do think the media does a disservice to our first responders.” – Jesse Lee Soffer

  21. “Our first responders risk their lives to help others. The least we can do is make sure they have the resources they need to do their jobs.” – Ben Nelson

  22. “In modern warfare, journalists are among the first responders, seeking out truth in the turmoil and wreckage, wherever it takes them.” – Nancy Gibbs

  23. “There is just no substitute for seeing a disaster area firsthand and getting the chance to speak in person to victims and responders.” – Chris Murphy

  24. “Police officers, firefighters, EMTs – they are all out there every single day – literally just a phone call away for anyone who needs them.” – Doreen Cronin

  25. “A hero is born among a hundred, a wise man is found among a thousand, but an accomplished one might not be found even among a hundred thousand men.” – Plato

  26. “I’ve always seen first responders as unsung heroes and very special people because, when everyone else is running away from danger, they run into it.” – Dwayne Johnson                                                                                                                         
    Positive words for first responders
    Positive words for first responders

  27. “My heroes are those who risk their lives every day to protect our world and make it a better place—police, firefighters, and members of our armed forces.” – Sidney Sheldon

  28. “First responders will be on the frontlines if there is a terrorist attack in our communities, and we must provide them with the tools they need to do their difficult jobs.” – Ed Markey

  29. “Our military, police, and first responders risk their lives to protect ours, and so today – and every day – we should thank those who serve and honor those we’ve lost.” – Kim Reynolds

  30. “We don’t think about the first responders until we need them. Like I don’t unconsciously think every day about these people and their lives, but that is what they are doing.” – Oliver Stark

  31. “There are certain people who react well in life-threatening situations, and our military and our law enforcement and our first responders tend to be those types of folks.” – Dean Cain

  32. “Every day, first responders put their own lives on the line to ensure our safety. The least we can do is make sure they have the tools to protect and serve their communities.” – Joe Lieberman                                                                                                   
    First Responder quotes Motivation
    First Responder quotes Motivation

  33. “Many communities throughout the nation still do not have the communications infrastructure in place for first responders to communicate with one another during an emergency.” – Susan Collins

  34. “Honor to the soldier and sailor everywhere, who bravely bears his country’s cause. Honor, also, to the citizen who cares for his brother in the field and serves; as he best can, the same cause.” – Abraham Lincoln

  35. “I have this dream that the first responders to 911 calls will not be law enforcement personnel but robots. Robots can put eyes and ears on the scene much faster than you can with policemen or women.” – Vijay Kumar

  36. “Whether it’s police officers, firefighters, first responders, or 911 dispatchers, many dedicated Americans work long hours, and often in difficult conditions, to make sure that when someone’s in need, they can help.” – Ajit Pai

  37. “Be Prepared… the meaning of the motto is that a scout must prepare himself by previous thinking out and practicing how to act on any accident or emergency so that he is never taken by surprise.” – Robert Baden-Powell

  38. “The men and women who serve this great nation, whether they are stationed in Iraq, Fort Riley, or the Korean Peninsula, or they serve us at home as our community first responders, serve because they believe in America.” – Kathleen Sebelius

  39. “Real heroes don’t wear capes. Real superheroes wear uniforms and badges and stethoscopes! Real superheroes are members of our military, law enforcement, and first responders. Pretend superheroes wear capes!” – Dean Cain

  40. “I want to join everyone in expressing my great sympathy and support for people who lost loved ones in this terrible terrorist attack [in Orlando] and everybody still in the hospital who is struggling and all the first responders.” – Hillary Clinton

  41. “Every Medal of Valor recipient has confronted life-threatening danger. Each had their fight-or-flight moment. But each one stood their ground for our safety. We hold them up as examples to other first responders – and to all Americans.” – William Barr

  42. “…Chicago Fire’ has been a wonderful outlet for me. We’re thrown into the gritty streets of Chicago working among actual first responders. They’re a wonderful bunch, and the sense of community among Midwesterners is very similar to Australians.” – Jesse Spencer

  43. “We cannot watch another family lose everything – risking their lives and the lives of the first responders sent to rescue them – because the flood insurance program’s seal of government approval fooled them into thinking they were safe. That’s more than wrong: it’s immoral.” – Jeb Hensarling

  44. “As we try to compete in this global marketplace, we need to rebuild our infrastructure. We need to rebuild our schools. We need to make sure that teachers and first responders and veterans who are coming home from serving our country so proudly have jobs waiting for them.” – Valerie Jarrett

  45. “We need strong public health institutions to respond to any challenge. We need to deal with critical infrastructure. The reality is that very little money has flowed to communities to help our first responders; to help our hospitals; to help the public health infrastructure.” – Bob Menendez

  46. “I see artists as the first responders. And when the proverbial crap hits the fan, we are there to be of service, to tell the story, to bring a balm, to soothe, to provide catharsis. You know, not to make our work any more important or less important, but just that there is great importance to it.” – Elizabeth Marvel

  47. “What I’ve noticed is not only in the military but in the first responder’s community, that when you reach out your hand to help one of them, they almost always grab your hand with only one of theirs, because they’re using their other hand to reach behind them and pull up somebody else with them.” – Taya Kyle

  48. “On Sept. 11, 2001, thousands of first responders heroically rushed to the scene and saved tens of thousands of lives. More than 400 of those first responders did not make it out alive. In rushing into those burning buildings, not one of them asked, ‘What God do you pray to?’ What beliefs do you hold?” – Michael Bloomberg

  49. “There will come a day when I may be called upon to do what most people can’t. To comfort the lost, to hold the hand of the dying. To provide the comfort one seeks in a time where their life is out of their hands. To them, I am their Angel. To myself, this is just a calling. I will forever be humble for someday I may be my Patient’s last comfort.”

  50. “This is not just a job for first responders. They’re doing this for their families and their communities. Some of these guys don’t want to take a break. They say there’s too much work to be done. We’re tired. So what? But we’ve got to look at it, not as a glass half empty, but half full, or we’ll miss the positive. We;re going to make it through this.” – Pat Sullivan

Thank You First Responder Quotes

These famous quotes to honor our first responders are inspirational and full of gratitude for their selfless services.

  1. “Pray for first responders everywhere.”

  2. “Bravery is not the absence of fear but the action in the face of fear.” – Mark Messier                                                                                                                                                       
    First Responder Quotes
    First Responder Quotes

  3. “Next to creating a life, the finest thing a man can do is save one.” – Abraham Lincoln

  4. “When terrorists strike, first responders are the first people we turn to.” – Patrick Leahy

  5. “There is no higher honor than to be given the responsibility to care for another human being.” – Richard K. Schachner

  6. “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy

  7. “Thinking of the brave men we lost one year ago today, and all of those who helped keep us safe. Thank you RCMP, police and first responders.”                                                           
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    9 11 first responders quotes

  8. “I extend my deepest gratitude to our Armed Forces and first responders serving both at home and abroad in the war against terrorism.” – John Doolittle

  9. “Surely the Department of Defense can and needs to do a better job of training new and existing first responders to respond to sexual assaults occurring in the military.” – Louise Slaughter

  10. “In case you haven’t felt it today…you are appreciated. In case you wanted to quit today…Don’t. You are needed. In case you need to talk but feel no one will listen…There are many who will. In case you haven’t heard it today…THANK YOU.”


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