first responder

noun

Definition of first responder 

: a person (such as a police officer or an EMT) who is among those responsible for going immediately to the scene of an accident or emergency to provide assistance

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True Patriots Care is dedicated to recognizing and supporting those who have served their communities as first responders and as members of the armed services. Erin Sauder, Elgin Courier-News, "Purple Heart recipients invited to picnic being organized by True Patriots Care," 13 July 2018 The new system, which will be limited to first responders and law enforcement, will handle about 750 requests per minute. Martin Vassolo, miamiherald, "Flawed 911 system ‘absolutely’ affected response to Parkland shooting," 11 July 2018 This year’s event, held during National Safety Month, will honor all first responders and includes safety fair, food trucks, self-defense demonstrations, mobile command center and entertainment for all ages. Linda Mcintosh, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Volunteers glean fruit to donate to food banks," 25 June 2018 Photo Courtesy: Miranda O'Connor +2 1 Comment 6 Emergency crews from across the region raced to the township, the station reports, adding that the American Red Cross was on-scene assisting first responders and others. CBS News, "Possible tornado pounds parts of Pennsylvania," 14 June 2018 May paid tribute to the bravery of first responders and others, including Ignacio Echeverria, a Spanish man who tackled the attackers with his skateboard and died in the attack. Bloomberg.com, "U.K. Remembers London Bridge Attack Victims on 1st Anniversary," 3 June 2018 In a statement, the prime minister paid tribute to the bravery of first responders and others, including Ignacio Echeverria, a Spanish man who tackled the attackers with his skateboard and was killed. Jill Lawless, chicagotribune.com, "U.K. remembers London Bridge attack victims on 1st anniversary," 3 June 2018 One person is dead and others are injured after someone crashed a car into a Bessemer City restaurant around noon Sunday, according to first responders and local news reports. Jane Wester, charlotteobserver, "One killed when car crashed into restaurant during Sunday lunch near Charlotte | Charlotte Observer," 20 May 2018 If things didn't work out for the squatters, the foundation would try to find buyers among first responders and skilled craftsmen. Jennifer Dixon, Detroit Free Press, "Evictions, flipping tarnish effort to turn squatters into homeowners," 26 Apr. 2018

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1970, in the meaning defined above

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first responder

noun
first re·spond·er | \-ri-ˈspän-dər\

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: a person (as a police officer or an EMT) who is responsible for going immediately to the scene of an accident or emergency to provide help

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