Joyce Extends Thanks to First Responders in Illinois (Kankakee, IL) — State Senator Patrick Joyce urges area residents to show appreciation to emergency personnel on First Responders Day, which falls on Friday, Oct. 28.
“First responders put their lives on the line each and every day to keep us safe,” said Joyce (D-Essex). “That’s why this day is dedicated as a small way to celebrate the courage and strength of these remarkable heroes in our communities.”
This day specifically thanks 911 dispatchers, as well as firefighters, police officers, emergency medical technicians and paramedics for their commitment to Illinois public safety.
Joyce reminds residents to extend gratitude to first responders year-round for their dedication and remember those lost in the line of duty.
“I want to extend my greatest gratitude to these individuals who keep our communities safe,” said Joyce. “They put their lives on the line each day and deserve the utmost respect and recognition for their service.”
To support the families of fallen first responders, State Senator Patrick Joyce recently signed on as a chief co-sponsor to a new state initiative to ensure line-of-duty benefits are adequately funded.
In each year’s budget, the Illinois General Assembly appropriates funding for line-of-duty death benefits. However, once the appropriations have been spent, any further assistance to families of fallen police and firefighters must wait for the state legislature to approve any supplemental appropriations, then go to the governor for signature. Under the proposed bill, families would receive their owned benefits without any further action.
Joyce urges residents to recognize the contributions of first responders in their communities with ceremonies and activities.
Joyce Extends Thanks to First Responders in Illinois