LANSING, Mich. — Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, gave the following statement to his colleagues on the Senate floor about the importance of recognizing, thanking and continuing to support Michigan’s first responders:
“I rise today to encourage my colleagues to recognize, thank and continue supporting those first responders throughout all of our state of Michigan who put themselves in danger every day to safeguard ourselves, our families and our entire communities.
“This past Sunday, September 27, 2015, was recognized throughout the country as National First Responder Appreciation Day. Additionally, September 19, 2015 was celebrated as National Thank a Police Officer Day.
“These days gave us an opportunity to reflect on the many brave services provided by the police officers, firefighters and emergency medical technicians throughout our state, counties and communities. Their efforts are a true testament of courage, and passion for helping others, as these professionals deliberately, and repeatedly, place themselves in dangerous situations so that we and our families have an opportunity to seek shelter and safety in times of distress.
“Perhaps there is no further, nor greater, nor more solemn example of this heroic effort than the events of September 11, 2001. Over 400 first responders tragically lost their lives in responding to help tens of thousands of others to live and be spared from those attacks.
“These men and women, and the dozens of others, who have recently lost their lives protecting and improving our state are to be remembered by all of us for the dangerous jobs that they do and just how much they care for the people that they serve.
“So again Mr. President, I ask that you and my colleagues recognize and support our first responders and the many sacrifices they endure for our benefit. And I encourage each and every one of all of us as we come across these brave public servants, not only here at the Capitol but throughout our communities, to take the time necessary to say thank you and to remind them that we are grateful and that we recognize the difficult jobs that they do and the sacrifices that they and their families make to protect and provide safety and security for each one of us.”
Editor’s note: The above video of Proos’ address is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s website at: www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Video” under the Media Center tab.