ALLARD INTRODUCES 'FIRST RESPONDERS' RESOLUTION
Allard Joined by Nearly 30 Senate Colleagues in Proposing "National First Responder Appreciation Day"
U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.) introduced a bipartisan resolution today that would establish "National First Responder Appreciation Day." In designating September 25, 2008 as a day to honor our nation's first responders, Allard's resolution would honor first responders for their contributions and courageous service.
"Designating September 25th as National First Responder Appreciation Day' is the least we can do as a nation to acknowledge the contributions, sacrifices and dedication First Responders make in our local communities in Colorado and across the nation," said Allard. "From battling the destruction of Hurricane Ike in Texas over the last week, to tornados, automobile accidents, wildfires and countless situations that require our first responders to risk their lives, we owe them our respect and thanks. The protection of lives and property, as well as frontline assistance in upholding the laws our country, deserves our recognition and this national day. I am grateful for the widespread support in the Senate and I express my profound appreciation to our nation's first responders."
"As the chief law enforcement officer of Weld County Colorado I would like to thank Senator Allard and his entire staff for recognizing first responders and the value they provide to their communities," said Weld County Sheriff John Cooke. "Senator Allard is to be commended for his support and commitment to first responders; all too often fire fighters, emergency medical personnel and law enforcement officers do not receive the recognition they deserve.
Speaking on behalf of law enforcement I want to say that we all greatly appreciate the resolution Senator Allard has introduced recognizing first responders".
The following U.S. Senators have co-sponsored the measure: Sen. Robert Casey (D-Pa.), Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I-Conn.), Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), Sen. Robert Bennett (R-Utah), Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.), Sen. John Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-Vt.), Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), Sen. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.), Sen. Mike Enzi (R-Wyo.), Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-Texas), Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), Sen. George Voinovich (R-Ohio), Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.), Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.), Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), Sen. Daniel Akaka (D-Hawaii), Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.).