Council salutes 999 heroes
Posted on Thursday 9th September 2021
Newport City Council raised the emergency services flag today (Thursday 9 September) in recognition of the bravery and selflessness of 999 workers.
A service took place outside the Civic Centre led by Reverend Keith Beardmore and attended by emergency workers as well the Mayor of Newport, Councillor David Williams and other council representatives.
Emergency services day was founded in 2016 to show support for the NHS and the five other main emergency services - police, fire and rescue, ambulance, coastguard and lifeboats, and land search and rescue.
More than 7,500 emergency workers have died in the line of duty over the last 200 years. Today, almost two million people work in the services including 250,000 first responders, many of whom are volunteers.
Councillor Jane Mudd, Leader of Newport City Council, said: "There are many personal stories of bravery and selflessness that can be told by the emergency organisations that serve and protect our communities.
"This year, for the first time, we are taking the opportunity to join in the official recognition of the invaluable and selfless actions of our emergency service heroes.
"The pandemic has shown how much they truly deserve our gratitude and admiration. We have been awed by those who have worked in difficult, and even frightening, circumstances to care and save others.
"As a council, we work closely with our emergency services colleagues, and today we
wish to remember those who have lost their lives, but also think about those who
take on these crucial challenges every day."