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Proclamation: First Responders Day in Chesapeake
WHEREAS, courageous and dedicated men and women work to protect and aid the public during emergencies as both professional and volunteer first responders; and
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 and members of other organizations In the public safety sector; and
WHEREAS, every day, first responders risk their own safety in the performance of their duties to protect our citizens; and
WHEREAS, first responders are the first and best defense against all emergencies that may threaten our communities; and
WHEREAS, first responders are ready to aid the people 24 hours a day, seven days a week, regardless of inclement weather or other hazards; 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 organization's undergo extensive education, and training and make significant personal sacrifices in order to achieve the expertise required to respond to emergency situations; and
WHEREAS, in addition to maintaining safety and order in times of crisis, many first responders also enhance their communities as volunteers for service organizations, churches, and schools.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Dr. Richard W. West, Mayor of Chesapeake, Virginia do hereby proclaim September 11, 2019, and each succeeding year to be, "First Responders Day in Chesapeake" and encourage all citizens to take time out of their day to show first responders how much we value their service to our City.
IN WITNESS THEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the SEAL of the City of Chesapeake, Virginia to be affixed hereto this tenth day of September in the year of our Lord, two thousand nineteen.