When Times Are Tough, Emergency Services Personnel Stay Focused on Kindness.

Ready to respond at a moment’s notice, emergency service providers take on some of the toughest tasks in our communities everyday—driven by a passion for others. They are the kind of hard-working warriors we’re honored to celebrate during #WorldKindnessDay on November 13th. Public safety and emergency personnel like firefighters, EMT, and police officers all approach kindness a little differently, but never disagree on how impactful it can be.

The ZOA Energy team caught up with some of the emergency responders in our own community while they were off-duty to get a report on what what #KindnessCan do. Here’s the dispatch:

How do you show kindness to yourself?

“Dedicating time for myself with no outside distractions.” - Bryan N. (Puyallup)

“I try to take time to workout and enjoy time with family and friends.” - Matt W. (Orinda)

“I show kindness to myself by putting myself in a position to succeed. With that comes staying positive even during unpredictable situations. Hard work always pays off.” - Kevin F. (Corpus Christi)

“I workout every morning before work, properly hydrate and fuel my body, and ensure 7-8 hours of sleep. I have my personal mission statement taped up on my wall to help me stay dedicated to my daily and long term goals.” - Michael L. (Dana Point)

“I love what I do. I look forward to going to work everyday knowing I may get a chance to make a difference. My schedule is tough and my job is hard on my mind and body. I love getting into the gym first thing to set the tone for the day.” - Adam R. (Canton)

Dedicated to making a difference, emergency service providers also show kindness to themselves by taking the time to recharge. They keep both their bodies and their mental health in good shape by hitting the gym and eating right. Staying committed to their goals means hard work, but they also embrace time to unwind with family and friends.

What's the best way someone can show kindness to you?

“Just show me they care.” - Jason W. (Woodstock)

“Being there to talk to me.” - Michael L. (Dana Point)

“Some kind words and a few slaps on the back.” - Brandon M. (Stockton)

“Honestly, allow me time to recover on my own. It may sound strange, but constant attempts to comfort or help out during tough times often adds to the stress of the moment.” - Rob F. (Baldwin)

“The best way is simply showing support. Support makes me feel like I’m not alone, and the great thing about support is that it’s not always physical. Support can come as something as simple as a positive text message.” - Kevin F. (Corpus Christi)

Everyone needs a little support now and then. Emergency responders appreciate when people show kindness by listening and sharing encouragement. Sometimes they benefit from some time alone, but they never want to feel alone. Simple acts and thoughtful messages can make their days easier.

In what ways do you choose to share kindness with others?

“I try to listen.” - Tattie B. (Signal Mountain)

“Words of encouragement and acts of service.” - Daniel Z. (New Braunfels) 

“Be there for them, lend an ear to listen and help anyway I can, no judgment.” - Jason W. (Woodstock)

“A smile. Being kind hearted. Treating everyone the same no matter what. Giving my best at work, and at home is my way of showing I care.” - Adam R. (Canton)

“I listen. When others are down, allowing them to fully work through their thoughts out loud without interruption is one of the best ways to show them that you actually care.” - Rob F. (Baldwin)

Emergency service providers know that being tough and being kind can go hand in hand. They share kindness with the world around them by being good listeners, performing acts of service, and treating people with respect. Public safety and emergency personnel dedicate their lives to others both on and off the clock.