ALLARD'S NATIONAL FIRST RESPONDER APPRECIATION DAY RESOLUTION PASSES SENATE
The U.S. Senate unanimously passed on Monday a resolution sponsored by U.S. Sen. Wayne Allard (R-Colo.) and Sen. Bob Casey (D-Pa.) that designates September 25th as National First Responder Day. The bi-partisan resolution was co-sponsored by 33 of Allard's Senate colleagues.
"Designating a 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 our nation's first responders our respect and thanks."
"The service and sacrifice of America's public safety professionals is too often taken for granted," said Craig W. Floyd, Chairman and CEO of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. "Each year, hundreds of law enforcement officers, firefighters and other first responders are killed in the performance of duty, and many others are injured. We owe all of these men and women, and their families, a huge debt of gratitude. Senator Allard is to be commended for his leadership in giving our public safety professionals the support and appreciation that they need and deserve."
"It's gratifying to see the contributions of emergency medical services responders recognized in a National First Responder Appreciation Day," said National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians President Jerry Johnston. "EMTs and paramedics everywhere are a vital part of the first response team but often overlooked for recognition. We applaud this effort and encourage the nation to take advantage of this opportunity to acknowledge the selfless work of all emergency medical services responders, regardless of the agency, organization or service they represent."
"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".