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Remembering 9/11: Honoring and helping secure the future of our firefighters and police officers

Sep 10, 2021
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In recognition and out of respect for the 20th anniversary of 9/11, Empower talked to several first responders to gain a deeper understanding of the incredible sacrifices that are made by the brave men and women in uniform every day. They’re noble, devoted, and fearless. But on top of identifying the extraordinary courage they display to secure their communities, we also discovered how these heroes are stepping up to secure their financial futures.

First responders shared with us how their stories of strength have shaped the way they’re protecting their future and preparing for tomorrow. In their own words, they let us know how they are pursuing their savings goals by:

  • Finding the right life balance
  • Getting financially fit
  • Laying the groundwork for success
  • Relying on a helping hand

Whether it’s finding ways to save more for retirement or balancing their jobs, income and private lives, these personal stories are sure to resonate with other first responders and can provide some welcome guidance from peers.

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Steps for success

Building on their peers’ experiences, there are also plenty of things first responders can do to take care of their own hopes, passions, and opportunities. Recommendations for first responders range from ways to get in savings shape; plan for what’s next; and ask for help. The key is to take action and plan for the future.

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