HOWARD COUNTY, MD — On National First Responders Day, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball joined Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford, the Howard County Opioid Crisis Community Council and Recovery-Oriented Systems of Care to recognize the efforts of first responders in the battle against substance misuse.
“On behalf of all Howard County residents, my sincerest thanks to all our first responders for your service to our communities,” Howard County Executive Calvin Ball said. “The challenges you have faced and adapted to this year is a testament to your professionalism and dedication to keeping Howard County safe. Our continued efforts to save lives, encourage recovery, and ensure all our residents are healthy and thriving would not be possible without our first responders.”
Rutherford noted that during the coronavirus pandemic, first responders have been called upon for assistance even more so than before.
“I’ve had a lot of focus on the opioid crisis, and the challenges that we face. Our first responders are literally the first ones on the scene when people are in crisis associated with substance use disorder. They are often the difference between life and death for these individuals," Rutherford said.
Certificates of appreciation where distributed to officials for their role in supporting residents facing substance misuse and recovery. Those acknowledged include the Howard County Police Department, the Howard County Department of Fire and Rescue Services, Sheriff Marcus Harris, State’s Attorney Richard Gibson and Howard County Department of Corrections Director Jack Kavanagh.
“I am a survivor of a Narcan revived overdose, administered to me in Howard County,” said Matt Stout, Howard County resident and person in recovery. “The reality of my family remaining in one piece is solely the result of steadfast first responders and protocols in place to revive the addict. I assure you my mother and father have their son today because of the work you do. We thank you.”