First responders

The Leader will publish a Salute to First Responders special magazine in all four of its Oct. 31, 2019, editions.

We are inviting individuals, businesses, community groups and government agencies – everyone, in fact – to join with us in recognizing the brave men and women who help keep us safe. Our magazine will specifically honor personnel with law enforcement agencies, fire districts and departments, ambulance districts and Jefferson County 911 Dispatch.

There are two ways to participate in the project.

First, we are looking for suggestions for stories to write about emergency personnel who went beyond the normal call of duty in service to others. This could be either on the job for extraordinary performance of their duties, or outside the job for outstanding volunteer work or other community service.

If you have a story idea, please call Laura Marlow or Peggy Bess at the Leader, 636-931-7560, or email the news department at news@leaderpublications.biz. We can’t guarantee that every suggestion will generate a story, but we will do our best.

Secondly, the Leader is selling advertising space within the magazine. The more space we sell, the larger our magazine can be.

Testimonials, for individuals or departments, can cost as little as $40, and larger advertising space is available, too. To get information about supporting the magazine with your advertising dollars, please call the Leader at 636-931-7560 or send an email to lisareuther@leaderpublications.biz or composing@leaderpublications.biz.

In the spirit of partnering with our emergency agencies, the Leader is donating a 1/8th-page advertisement in the newspaper, with color, to all public safety agencies in the county, including Jefferson County 911 Dispatch, city and county law enforcement agencies, all fire districts and departments, and all ambulance districts. The ad may be placed after the magazine publishes through Oct. 31, 2020, and used for any purpose that meets a need: for example, employee recruitment, to announce festivals or fundraisers, or for public safety tips, etc.

The purpose of the project, as it is with all good journalism, is to tell compelling, relevant stories. It also is to remind the public that there are good people – friends and neighbors in some cases – out there providing crucial and often dangerous services for their benefit. We think the best way to do that is to put human faces and stories on the figures much of the public may see as just a uniform or an anonymous person in turnout gear.

Please help us let our first responders know we are grateful for their service, day in and day out.

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