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By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:

National First Responders Day

WHEREAS, first responders, both men and women, career and volunteer, from 911 dispatchers, law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency medical services personnel, search and rescue teams, rescue pilots and divers, emergency management professionals, and members of other organizations in the public safety sector, come together to protect and aid the public in the event of an emergency; and

WHEREAS, first responders risk their life and safety every day in the performance of their duties to protect our citizens; and

WHEREAS, at a moment’s notice, first responders are quick to respond to dangerous and unnerving situations that threaten our Commonwealth; and

WHEREAS, first responders must be ready to provide lifesaving services to the people of Virginia 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the year; and

WHEREAS, first responders undergo significant education, specialized training, and personal sacrifice to contribute their excellent and necessary skills for the public good; and

WHEREAS, we recognize the integral role first responders play in our communities and the benefits derived from their hard work, commitment, sacrifice, and unhesitating dedication;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby proclaim October 28, 2023, as NATIONAL FIRST RESPONDERS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.