With the deaths of the 19 firefighters in Arizona two weeks ago so fresh in my mind, I wanted to take this time to thank all of the police officers and firefighters who risk their lives every day to keep us all safe. It was such a tragedy to hear that those 19 men lost their lives. Those men were heroes, and I hope they each had the quality funeral they deserved.
When a tragedy like this happens, we, as funeral service providers, want to do all we can to help the families remember and celebrate the lives of the loved ones lost. We can achieve this through products and through actions. At times like these we are reminded why we do what we do, and how important our jobs really are.
Whether you are servicing a funeral for a firefighter or a community neighbor, help show the families that their loved ones are important and deserve to be remembered. Go the extra mile to help the families you serve with anything they might need. After all, funeral service is about relationships.
The next time you are out and about and see a firefighter or police officer, please thank them for what they do for us each and every day.
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