2020 Started with an Inspirational Anthem for Minnesota Firefighters

A lot of people talk about wanting to forget 2020 ever happened, but for MnFIRE, there’s at least one thing created this year we want to keep with us as we move forward: the powerful anthem designed to call attention to our mission.

In January, the Minnesota Firefighter Initiative (MnFIRE) and American singer-songwriter Larry Long partnered to release a song that highlights the need to do more to protect the health of Minnesota’s firefighters. The song, called “Firefighter (Duty, Honor, Courage),” was written with MnFIRE as an anthem for the state’s firefighters as the 2020 legislative session kicked off and the Hometown Heroes Assistance Program (SF2264 and HF1782) was up for consideration. A few weeks later, Long and the American Roots Revue launched a moving music video for the song, which features real images from some of our state’s largest fire calls in recent years.

With the lyrics, “They say there’s no money it’s really no will//To knock out the demons that so often kills//The firefighter who can’t get no slack//From policymakers who don’t have their back,” the song and video were created with an eye toward Minnesota legislators, who will once again consider a bill in early 2021 that promises real change for firefighters facing these health issues. The Hometown Heroes Assistance Program would establish a much-needed statewide appropriations of funds to help those firefighters facing cardiac, emotional trauma and cancer diagnoses.

Minnesota musician Long – an accomplished troubadour and Smithsonian Folkways recording artist – was inspired to write “Firefighter” – along with MnFIRE president George Esbensen – after he accompanied firefighters on a call to a business fire.

“While on that fire run, I was so deeply struck by the brave and hardworking people that save our lives daily. The firefighter filled with ‘Duty, Honor, and Courage’ represents everything worth standing up and striving for as a nation,” said Long. “When I discovered the high rate of heart disease, cancer and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) among firefighters, I felt the calling to write ‘Firefighter.’ For there’s no better time than now to urge policymakers to give all that it might take for us to support the physical and emotional well-being of those who serve us.”

2020 has indeed been a tough year, so if you’re looking for some inspiration and an amazing tribute to our state’s fire service, you can view the video and download a free copy of the song HERE.

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Yesterday was #WorldMentalHealthDay, and despite high rates of trauma exposure, depression, anxiety, substance use, PTSD and marital distress, firefighters still typically suffer in silence due to the stigma around asking for help. It's ok to not be ok, and if we expect firefighters to show up for us on our worst days, it is our responsibility to care and assist them on theirs.

If you need help, please call our free, confidential 24-hour peer support hotline available for all Minnesota firefighters: 888-784-6634.
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Yesterday was #WorldMentalHealthDay, and despite high rates of trauma exposure, depression, anxiety, substance use, PTSD and marital distress, firefighters still typically suffer in silence due to the stigma around asking for help. Its ok to not be ok, and if we expect firefighters to show up for us on our worst days, it is our responsibility to care and assist them on theirs.

If you need help, please call our free, confidential 24-hour peer support hotline available for all Minnesota firefighters: 888-784-6634.

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Any initiatives in the works encouraging cities to recognize and support their firefighters when they ask for help? Or what can we, as spouses, do to advocate at the city level? When firefighters are asking, they are being turned away. Thank you for your efforts and resources you are providing to those who need it most MnFire, we appreciate you❤️ Mayor Jacob Frey

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