Eastern Florida Honors Community, College First Responders

December 17, 2015 - Take a minute today and thank a police officer. And a firefighter. And a paramedic. And a security officer.

Public safety studentsAnd while you’re at it, thank students studying for careers in those fields at Eastern Florida State College.

It’s a fitting way to mark First Responder Appreciation Week in Florida that runs Jan. 4-8 to honor the men and women who risk their lives to protect others.

“First responders put it all on the line to protect our community and its citizens,” said Jack Parker, the college’s Associate Vice President for the Public Safety Institute and College Security. “Their dedication and professionalism set them apart and we should always be grateful they’re here to help us.”

Parker, who served as Brevard County Sheriff before joining the college, pointed to a November incident when the Cocoa campus was locked down after police received information about a possible shooting threat there.

Melbourne police, Brevard County Sheriff’s deputies and the college’s Security Force rapidly secured the campus, going building-to-building to make certain everyone was safe.

“Their collective response and swift action should assure everyone at the college that nothing is more important than their safety,” said Parker.

Eastern Florida is home to the Public Safety Institute on the Melbourne campus that trains law enforcement officers, corrections officers, EMTs and others in criminal justice fields. For more information on a First Responder career, visit the Institute's website.