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Reps. Capuano and Maffei File National First Responder Day Bill

February 27, 2014

Today Rep. Michael Capuano (D-MA) and Rep. Dan Maffei (D-NY) filed legislation to establish a legal public holiday known as National First Responders Day on a date designated by the President. Rep. Capuano has been working with the family of Officer Sean Collier, who was killed on April 18th by those responsible for the tragic bombings at the Boston Marathon.

“When Officer Collier’s family first approached us with this request, they explained that they wanted the legislation to be about all of the men and women who have protected us over the years, not just about what happened in Boston last April. That is the reason we are leaving the choosing of a date up to the President”, stated Congressman Capuano.

First responders put their lives on the line every day. They enter burning buildings, pursue armed suspects and rush into danger without regard for their own safety. Seemingly routine calls can quickly turn dangerous. A simple patrol or a traffic stop can bring great peril.

"The choice to become a first responder is about more than a career path, it is about choosing to dedicate one's life to serving and protecting neighbors, community, and, often, complete strangers. These professionals and their families make great sacrifices in service to all of us, and National First Responders Day is a small way that we can recognize that. We are grateful to Congressman Capuano and his colleagues in Congress for their support,” stated the Collier family.

“Every day first responders in Central New York and across the country risk their lives to keep our communities safe, and they deserve a day of recognition to honor their bravery and sacrifice,” said Rep. Maffei. “This bill is one meaningful way we can show our gratitude for their service. I urge my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to join us in support of this important legislation.”

“None of us will forget where we were when news of the bombings reached us. We have all been impacted by that act of evil in ways large and small. The families of Officer Sean Collier, Martin Richard, Krystle Campbell and Lu Lingzi lost their loved ones in an unthinkable way. They will always be in our hearts, stated Congressman Capuano. The legislation currently has 25 co-sponsors.

Contact: Alison Mills (Rep. Capuano) 617-621-6208