Firefighters, police and other 'hometown heroes' can visit the zoo for free this month

CINCINNATI -- As a show of gratitude toward the police, firefighters and EMTs who responded Thursday morning to the Fifth Third Center shooting, the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden announced Friday that all "hometown heroes" would be able to visit for free throughout the entire month of September.

The zoo has offered free admission to first responders during the week of Sept. 11 for years, according to the blog post announcing the offer, but “the heroic actions by Cincinnati police officers yesterday have inspired us to extend the offer,” zoo director Thane Maynard said.

First responders’ family members will also receive a 50 percent discount on the price of admission during that time.

Anyone wishing to take advantage of the offer should arrive at the zoo with a valid ID and proof they are employed as a firefighter, EMT, police officer, corrections officer, 911 dispatcher or other law enforcement professional.

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