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Sept. 11 is First Responder Day in Virginia

September 11 is officially designated as First Responder Day in Virginia, thanks to a joint resolution passed last year.

During its 2019 session, the Virginia General Assembly adopted Virginia House Joint Resolution 646 that established Sept. 11 as the day to remember and recognize first responders in Virginia, according to the resolution, “for their courage and dedication to protect and aid the public during emergencies as both professional and volunteer first responders.”

The resolution identifies first responders as 911 dispatchers, law enforcement officers, professional and volunteer firefighters, professional and volunteer emergency medical services personnel, emergency management professionals, search and rescue teams, rescue pilots and divers, the Virginia National Guard and members of other public safety organizations.

The resolution was introduced in the 2019 session by Del. Michael P. Mullin (D-Newport News).

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