by Therese Porod
First responders are giving credit to Benedictine University for the skills and abilities they learned and attained in becoming effective leaders. This year, the first responders will be reunited for the 10 year anniversary of the beginning of the Benedictine University First Responder Program.
A press release sent from National Media Coordinator Elliott Peppers and Public Relations Manager Phil Brozynski pointed out that the First Responders credit BenU for helping them earn their degrees and further their careers.
The reunion will bring together these alumni, keeping them connected to BenU and to each other through shared experiences.
According to Peppers, the First Responder Program began at Benedictine University in 2001 following the 9/11 attacks, and was initiated by President Dr. Carroll, who began the First Responder program to show gratitude and appreciation for the first responders and veterans.
The program has assisted police men and women, paramedics and firefighters, and it provided an education specifically to Illinois police and fire personnel. In 2008, the opportunity to take part in the program at BenU was then extended to Illinois veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. There have been over 800 participants in the program.
“Participants in Benedictine University’s First Responder Program represented firehouses and police districts in DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Will and Sangamon counties,” explained Peppers.