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WHEREAS, first responders include 911 dispatchers, law-enforcement officers, professional and volunteer firefighters, professional and volunteer emergency medical services personnel, emergency management professionals, search and rescue teams, rescue pilots and divers, the Virginia National Guard, and members of other organizations in the public safety sector; 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
WHEREAS, the members of first responder organizations undergo extensive education, training, and personal sacrifice in order to develop the expertise required to respond to emergency situations; and
WHEREAS, the Commonwealth of Virginia thanks all first responders for their incredible and selfless contributions to communities across Virginia;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize September 11, 2019, as FIRST RESPONDERS DAY in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.