The National Society of St. Florian and St. Michael is comprised of individuals that promote awareness and offer support of issues facing emergency and first responders. These exemplary individuals have gone above and beyond in their roles to promote the meaning of a “first responder”. The National Society of St. Florian and St. Michael honors the firefighters, police officers, EMTs, and all those who are first on the scene in stressful situations, as well as an individual who promotes the public awareness of the daily strength and struggles facing emergency and first responders.
The Honorable Order of Saint Florian and Saint Michael is comprised of individuals who have demonstrated the highest standards of integrity, bravery, honor and moral character, displaying an outstanding degree of professional competence, and leadership; serving selflessly and contributing to the promotion of public safety and the betterment of their communities.
Anyone can nominate an individual to receive this recognition.
The recipient’s name will be published on the First Responders Foundation website and nominators will be published as First Responders Foundation donors, unless otherwise noted on the nomination form.
The Ancient Order of Saint Florian and Saint Michael is reserved for those members of the community who have provided long-term and exceptional service to first responders and their families through their enduring and exceptional acts of financial giving or acts of selfless volunteerism. The Foundation selects nominees to the Ancient Order and inducts individuals at our annual 9/11 Luncheon of Honor.
Saint Florian is the patron saint of firefighters. He earned this title because legend says that during his life Saint Florian put out a massive fire with only one bucket of water, saving a village from ruin. Saint Florian is often depicted in artwork pouring water from a bucket or small vessel. Praying to Saint Florian will ask for his protection in the most dangerous situations.
Saint Michael is the patron saint of police officers. He is their patron saint because he knows what it means to face the threat of evil and imminent danger by battling the devil. Police have Saint Michael on their side. His prayer is often said by police officers to shield them against the many dangers they face in their line of work.