It’s an aspect of law enforcement and public service teamwork most people aren’t aware of.
A new postage stamp illustrates the relationship between emergency responders and the U.S. Postal Service, making its national debut in Missoula this week.
The ceremony was held at the Aerial Fire Depot and Smokejumper Center in Missoula, home to the nation’s largest training center for firefighters who parachute into remote areas of national forests to fight wildfires.
“We honor them for possessing the training, and knowledge to treat the injured, rescue the endangered and restore safety and order,” said U.S. Chief Postal Inspector Guy Cottrell.
“People have asked us for many years to create a stamp for first responders so it finally came to be. We get 30,000 requests a year for stamps and we do twenty or thirty. So a very big honor to be on a stamp and I’m just happy that I can be a part of this right here in Montana,” he continued.
The new stamp portrays a firefighter, a police officer, and an EMT, rushing to the rescue through a smoky background. The stamp is designed to not only show the individual dedication of each service, but the teamwork.