The September 14 Lower School assembly was an exciting one for the boys. Three guests representing the “first responders” who serve the city – police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians (EMTs) – were on hand to discuss their careers and present a wealth of information on exactly what each does. With “character” an essential component of a Browning education, these speakers exemplified the ways in which this trait emerges through the work they do in the community. Occurring just days after the anniversary of 9-11, the assembly emphasized the importance of our first responders and the daily risks they take to save the lives of others.
The boys enthusiastically raised their hands to both ask and answer questions. A visual presentation showcased the equipment, specialties (smokejumper), difference between volunteer and paid firefighter, terminology used when referencing a firehouse (“number” and “ladder”), etc. The police officer, firefighter and EMT all admitted that they have fun riding in their respective vehicles. Most important, all three said they enjoy helping others, saving lives, being part of a “work family” and serving as role models so that others might take up similar careers. At the conclusion of the program, many of the boys came forward to chat with their guests and even try on a hat!