Syracuse (WSYR-TV) – September 11th has unofficially became a day to remember first responders for their sacrifice, but a Fulton woman is working to get them even more thanks for the work they do everyday.
Beverly Belton is leading a charge that has the backing of a state senator to create a formally recognized first responders day in New York.
Belton says she owes it to the first responders that saved her life when her home caught on fire.
"He kicked my front door in and came up the stairs and he said, ‘You have to get out of the house, your home is on fire.’ I didn't know it," Belton said.
Belton stood outside her home for five hours while crews worked, and as hard as it was to watch her home burn, she also says she saw something extraordinary.
"I basically lost everything, but I gained so much more. I gained the knowledge, the wonderful people that are out there that are willing to go that extra mile, what can we do for you," Belton said.
Belton says it’s still hard for her to come back to the scene of the fire because the images from that night are still so fresh in her mind to this day.
State Senator Patty Ritchie said, "The fact that Beverley did the right thing and called the office to make sure that we all knew of what they did for her, I think it’s very important and so it's a priority for me when I go back to Albany to get this resolution on the floor and passed."
"We need to stand up together and say thank you. Take a day, one day out of the year and all first responders, present, past or future and say thank you to all of them," Belton said.