Gov. Baker Signs Bill Establishing 'First Responders Day'
Apr 16, 2016 10:12AM
● By Bill Gilman
“First responders put their own lives on the line to save others in danger, and we have a responsibility to ensure they receive strong leadership, representation and recognition on Beacon Hill,” said Governor Baker. “Every day, these brave men and women and their families provide extraordinary service to the Commonwealth. We strive to follow their example and will use this occasion every year to recommit ourselves to doing so.”
“Patriots Day brings the people of Massachusetts together around the shared history and traditions that make our region so unique,” said Massachusetts Public Safety Secretary Dan Bennett. “Our first responders are always present to guard our safety as we celebrate these traditions, and it is fitting that we have a day to officially commemorate all that they do.”
First Responder Day was the idea of Tewksbury Town Moderator Jerry Selissen, who said he felt it was important to have a specific day each year to honor police officers, firefighters, EMTs and paramedics, people who are first on the scene of tragedies such as 9/11, San Bernadino and the Boston Marathon bombings.
Selissen brought up the idea to state Rep. Jim Miceli, D-Wilmington, who had the bill drafted and presented to the Legislature.
“I couldn’t think of a better time for Gov. Baker to sign this legislation, and I am proud to have him joining us in remembering our first responders, especially given it is the anniversary weekend of the marathon bombings. Ever since Jerry Selissen first approached me with this idea I have been determined to see this legislation through, as a day of thanks to our first responders was long overdue,” said Miceli. “These men and women who serve as our firefighters, EMT, police, and more risk everything by putting on their uniforms, and I know the people of the Commonwealth will join Governor Baker and myself in showing their appreciation to our first responders, both past and present.”
This year, Sunday, April 17, 2016 will be the first, First Responders Day.