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Wednesday, February 28th, 2024

Senate creates National First Responders Day

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A resolution was passed in the U.S. Senate that will designate October 28, 2019, as “Honoring the Nation’s First Responders Day.”

An estimated 4.6 million career and volunteer firefighters, police, emergency medical technicians, and paramedic workers serve communities all across the nation, according to the Department of Homeland Security. Americans are urged to recognize the contributions of first responders in their communities with ceremonies and activities.

“First responders put their lives on the line to keep us safe. That’s why it’s up to every single one of us to honor their service and their sacrifices,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), one of the resolution’s sponsors, said. “I’m glad the Senate passed our bipartisan resolution to recognize first responders, and I hope Americans view every day as an opportunity to celebrate the courage and strength of these exceptional public servants in our communities.”

Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Gary Peters (D-MI), Jacky Rosen (D-NV), and James Lankford (R-OK) also sponsored the resolution.

“Historic floods have ravaged my home state of Arkansas, but the rising waters are no match for the brave Arkansas first responders who stepped up to protect their friends and neighbors,” Cotton said. “First responders across the nation work tirelessly during times of crisis, often putting their own lives at risk to save others. Although these dedicated professionals deserve appreciation every day, our bill will now officially and properly celebrate their service on October 28th.”