9-1-1 Professionals Being Honored by Convenience Stores Across America on 24/7 Day

America?s 9-1-1 professionals are among the first responders and local heroes being celebrated this week as the convenience and fuel retailing industry unites in the third annual 24/7 Day event on Saturday, July 24.

NENA: The 9-1-1 Association is partnering with the NACS Foundation and American Red Cross in the annual national event, which recognizes first responders, medical personnel, and American Red Cross volunteers who work around the clock, 24/7, serving our communities to ensure we do not face emergencies alone.

This Saturday, at more than 700+ convenience store locations operated by Allsup?s, Coen Markets, Garrett?s Family Market, Loop Neighborhood Market, Rapid Refill, Sprint Food Stores, St. Romain Oil Company, The Hub Convenience Stores, The Irving, Turkey Hill, TXB, and Yesway, uniformed or badged 9-1-1 professionals are among those who will be able to get a free coffee, fountain drink, or snack as a way of saying ?thank you? for their invaluable, courageous public service.

NENA members are encouraged to visit one of these stores on Saturday, take photos of themselves enjoying their free benefit, and post them to Facebook or Twitter with the hashtags #247Day, #ThankYou911, and #WeHeartHeroes.

Also on Saturday, a special, in-store photo op event will be held at a Turkey Hill in the Columbus, Ohio area for 9-1-1 professionals attending NENA 2021.

?Our 9-1-1 professionals answer more than 240 million calls for help every year, and they remain calm and reassuring during some of the worst moments in our lives,? said NENA President Gary Bell. ?We thank our friends across the convenience retail industry for recognizing that 9-1-1 dispatchers ? our first, first responders ? are ?hometown heroes? who have earned our appreciation.?

?The NACS Foundation is proud to partner with NENA and the convenience store industry to recognize 9-1-1 professionals who support our communities 24/7,? said Stephanie Sikorski, executive director at the NACS Foundation. ?Our industry is often the first supporters to first responders. Whether facing wildfires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes or snowstorms?or in last year?s case, a pandemic?convenience stores help ensure fuel, water, food and other necessities are available for emergency workers and customers craving a return to normalcy. And because of their 24/7 operations, convenience stores are often the only place open to serve first responders and medical personnel working overnight hours."

NENA members may check these links for locations, although local participation may vary: