first responder


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

Examples of first responder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, more than 400 staff across the corps of first responder and transit workers are in quarantine due to infection or exposure. Gwendolyn Wu, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 Jan. 2022 Thomason was pronounced dead by another first responder, according to the incident report. NBC News, 17 Nov. 2021 Police arrested Wuerz, 53, and charged him with homicide of an unborn child, aggravated battery on a first responder and aggravated battery on a pregnant victim, according to the arrest report. Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2021 The journalist opened his laptop and joined a few other participants in cyberspace for a morning of whiteboard sessions led by Callan and Chris Post, a first responder and photojournalist, who runs a Web site called Adam Iscoe, The New Yorker, 25 Oct. 2021 After being evaluated in the hospital, Mistic was charged with assault on a first responder, obstructing a peace officer and resisting arrest, according to the statement. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 29 Sep. 2021 Each day, a first responder is tasked to be a hero. Laura Carrione, Fox News, 13 Sep. 2021 Why would anyone accept those odds in return for a first responder’s modest paycheck? Ron Grossman,, 10 Sep. 2021 Another first responder can be spotted in the shadows, indicating that the search for the missing and dead was still ongoing, and would continue. Lori Grinker, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of first responder

1970, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jan 2022

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“First responder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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first responder

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

Kids Definition of first responder

: 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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