RE;ACT celebrates the life of Lt. RYAN ELWOOD, strives to create AWARENESS for the battle he fought, campaigns for much needed COUNSELING to help his fellow Fire Fighters and First Responders who face the same challenges each day and funds TRAINING to benefit the profession for which he was so passionate.
The semicolon is included as it has come to represent hope and love for those who are struggling with depression, suicide, addiction and self-injury.
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Video courtesy of Bryan Windberg
THE MEANING OF THE RE;ACT LOGO & NAME
Each element of the RE;ACT logo has meaning. Read below:
The Maltese Cross: the RE;ACT logo is in the shape of the maltese cross which is the badge of a fire fighter. The Maltese Cross has been a symbol of protection and courage for hundreds of years. Each of the 8 points in the cross symbolizes the admirable qualities of a Fire Fighter: Observation, Tact, Resource, Dexterity, Explicitness, Perseverance, Sympathy, Gallantry and Loyalty.
The Circular Celtic Knot: the center of the logo and Maltese Cross is a circular Celtic knot which refers to Ryan’s Irish heritage. Celtic knots are complete loops without any beginning or end and the endless circular knot also emphasizes the continuity of life and eternity.
The Small Celtic Circle & Cross Above the RE;ACT Name: Another Celtic symbol, Ryan wore this tattoo on his chest.
The Firefighter Axes: are included as another symbol of the profession that Ryan so loved.
The Name “React” in total: describes every firefighter’s natural impulse when an emergency arises.
The “RE”: is the initials of our inspiration, our son, brother, grandson, uncle, nephew and friend, Ryan Elwood. Promoted posthumously to Lieutenant. RE is in loving memory of Lt. Ryan Elwood.
The Semi-colon: Initially our name included a colon to denote a response, as in a response to an email or memo (RE:). The colon was changed to a semi-colon in support of Project Semi-Colon a global non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and love for those who are struggling with mental illness, suicide, addiction and self-injury. Project semicolon exists to encourage, love and inspire and has a vision to achieve lower suicide rates in the U.S. and around the world. A semicolon is used when an author could have ended a sentence but chose not to. You are the author and the sentence is your life. Ryan Elwood, your story is not over and continues on through RE;ACT.
“ACT”: Each letter in “ACT” represents our goal for creating this fund, but the word itself is a call to action, a request for help in joining our cause to bring:
Awareness: to the serious and increasing issue of suicide and stress among fire fighters and first responders. We want to continue the conversation to reduce the stigma so that our brave protectors will get the support they need to cope with the trauma and horrific events that affect their mental health.
Counseling: to the firefighters, first responders and their families, both preventative and supportive so that suicide is not considered an option.
Training: for fire fighters and first responders who aspire to excel in their profession.
Illinois Firefighter Peer Support, Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance, The Illinois Fire Service Institute at U of I and supports select Fire Dept. Training budgets. Additional funds raised are allocated to support awareness in the forms of videos, postcard mailings, posters and other support for changing the stigma and culture of silence that surrounds emotional well-being among Fire Fighters and First Responders.
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