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WHEREAS, individuals, both career and volunteer, from 911 dispatch, law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services, search and rescue, dive and other organizations in the public safety sector, come together as first responders to protect and aid the public in the event of an emergency; and

WHEREAS, every day first responders risk their own safety in the performance of their duties to protect our citizens and are our best defense in all emergencies that may threaten our communities; and

WHEREAS, to recognize those who put themselves in harm's way each day, Senate Bill 541 was signed during the 2017 session of the Nevada Legislature and this bill enhances penalties for violent crimes perpetrated against first responder and law enforcement personnel acting in the course of their duty; and

WHEREAS, first responders are a vital part of every Nevada community, as they maintain safety and order in times of crisis, volunteer in our towns and schools, and are always ready to aid the citizens and visitors to the State of Nevada; and

WHEREAS, the members of first responder organizations undergo significant and specialized education, training and personal sacrifice in order to achieve the expertise required to respond to every type of emergency situation; and

WHEREAS, First Responder Appreciation Day is an opportunity to recognize the bravery and dedication of these heroes and the invaluable work they do in our communities;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, BRIAN SANDOVAL, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF NEVADA, do hereby proclaim  September 27, 2017 as

 First Responders Appreciation Day in Nevada


 Proclamation Seal Only                         Signatures of Governor Brian Sandoval & Barbara Cegaske