First Responders Day


WHEREAS, individuals, both career and volunteer, from 9-1-1 dispatchers, law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, search and rescue, dive, and other organizations in the public safety sector, come together as first responders to protect and aid the public in the event of an emergency; and

WHEREAS, everyday first responders risk their own safety in the performance of their duties to protect our citizens; and

WHEREAS, first responders are our first and best defense against all emergencies that threaten our communities; and

WHEREAS, first responders are ready to aid the people of Virginia 24 hours a day, seven days a week; and

WHEREAS, first responders are highly trained, specialized workers who contribute their excellent skills for the public good and often for no pay; and

WHEREAS, the members of first responder organizations undergo significant education, training, and personal sacrifice in order to achieve the expertise required to respond to emergency situations; and

WHEREAS, first responders are a vital party of every Virginia community to maintain safety and order in times of crisis, and volunteer in our communities and schools;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize September 27, 2015, as FIRST RESPONDERS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.