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Virginia designates Sept. 11 as First Responder Day

Virginia designates Sept. 11 as First Responder Day

During its 2019 session earlier this year, the Virginia General Assembly adopted Virginia House Joint Resolution 646 that officially designates Sept. 11 as First Responder Day in Virginia.

Public safety agencies, associations and organizations that work with first responders are encouraged to observe the day of remembrance with community activities, events and promotions

The resolution was introduced during the 2019 Session of the Virginia General Assembly by Del. Michael P. Mullin, D-Newport News.

It establishes Sept. 11 as the day to remember and recognize first responders in Virginia, according to the resolution, “…for their courage and dedication to protect and aid the public during emergencies as both professional and volunteer first responders.”

The resolution identifies first responders as 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 public safety organizations.

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