First responders come to the rescue on a new postage stamp

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MISSOULA, Mt. (KNOE) - First responders come to the rescue on a new postage stamp. Firefighters, law enforcement officers, emergency medical service professionals, and other emergency personnel are being recognized by the U.S. Postal Service in the new Honoring First Responders Forever stamp.

In a press release by the United States Postal Service, Guy Cottrell, the Chief Postal Inspector says, “Our nation’s first responders rush into life-threatening situations for the benefit of others.” That’s why he says they’re pleased to honor them with this stamp.

They held a ceremony today launching the stamp at the Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center in Missoula, Montana. They say the venue was chosen because it's home to the nation’s largest training center for firefighters who parachute into remote areas of national forests to combat wildfires.

Artist Brian Stauffer worked with art director and designer Antonio Alcalá and designer Ricky Altizer to create this stamp. Stauffer’s illustrations are best known for bridging traditional and digital realms to create a conceptual take on social issues.

Emergencies happen every day, and we depend on first responders to save lives. Their knowledge and training are vital to rescue the endangered, treat the injured, and restore safety and order. For many, it is a volunteer job; for others, it is their full-time occupation.