Twenty years ago today, June 20, 1997, the announcement of the historic Master Settlement Agreement reached between more than two dozen State Attorneys General and the nation’s largest tobacco producers was announced. Death and disease by tobacco was running out of control in our country in the 1990s. It was considered to be the largest public health issue of that time.

Firefighters are some of the bravest among us and uphold a vow to protect the public. They don’t think twice about stepping into harm’s way to save a life, whether by extinguishing a fire or intervening in other instances of distress. They are the first responders and our heroes.