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WHEREAS, the health, safety, and security of Virginians is important to the prosperity and welfare of the Commonwealth; and
WHEREAS, first responders, emergency medical technicians, and paramedics stand ready to provide compassionate, lifesaving care, 24 hours per day, seven days per week, to dramatically improve the survival and recovery rate of those in sudden need of care; and
WHEREAS, emergency medical responders are supported by emergency medical dispatchers, firefighters, law enforcement officers, educators, administrators, researchers, emergency nurses, emergency physicians, and others; and
WHEREAS, the people of our great Commonwealth are thankful for the work of more than 36,500 Emergency Medical Services providers and 584 agencies, who protect the health of our Commonwealth’s families and communities; and
WHEREAS, this year’s theme “Ready Today. Preparing for Tomorrow,” represents the innovative advancements in emergency prehospital care, emergency preparedness, and having an effective response system in place that works to support the well-being of all people in Virginia;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 17-23, 2020, as EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.