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WHEREAS, individuals, both career and volunteer, from public safety dispatchers, law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, emergency management, national guard, transportation, 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, 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, the Commonwealth of Virginia thanks each and every first responder for their incredible and selfless contributions to communities across Virginia;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize September 27, 2018, as FIRST RESPONDERS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.