The purpose of first responders

Recently I’ve been watching the TV series 9-1-1, an American drama about first responders in Los Angeles. The ninth episode of the second season was about how one character found their purpose as a first responder.

There was this quote about the purpose of first responders that I found moving and I’d like to share it with you.

We are born with innocence. Then, as we grow we are cursed with the question why? Why are we here? Is it all just chaos? Or do we have a purpose? I was one of the lucky ones who found an answer to that question. My curse was lifted and replaced with a gift of certainty.

Why am I here? Because when you are scared, when you are hurt, and when you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time, and the smoke is too thick to breathe, or it hurts too much to move, or it looks like you might lose someone you love, when it’s your turn to have the worst day of your life, I am here to be the first one there to help. I am here to stand between you and the chaos. I am a first responder. That is my purpose. And I’m always just a phone call away.