LIVINGSTON, NJ — In order to thank local firefighters for their service on Monday, the Township of Livingston is encouraging community members to recognize International Firefighters' Day by placing a red light bulb on their porches.

According to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF), nearly everyone knows a firefighter who would “respond to a stranger’s call for help without hesitation and serve with pride and compassion.” International Firefighters Day is a way to say thank you to firefighters for all that they do to keep communities safe. 

For the first time this year, the NFFF invites communities to celebrate firefighters by changing your porch light(s) to red on Monday and sharing their #ShineYourLight4Firefighters stories with the NFFF on social media.

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“Lighting up in ‘red’ on May 4 would be an additional symbol of support to all of those who are there 24-hours a day, 7-days a week to protect us,” the NFFF said.

On May 5, the NFFF will be also participating in “Giving Tuesday Now (#Give2NFFFNow)”—a global day of giving and unity established as “an emergency response to the unprecedented need caused by COVID-19”—in order to help support firefighters and their families.

“#GivingTuesdayNow is an opportunity for people around the world to stand together in unity–to use their individual power of generosity to remain connected and heal,” the website sates.

CLICK HERE to learn about ways to give back as part of this global effort.