FRANKFORT— State Senator Michael E. Hastings urges area residents to show appreciation to emergency personnel on First Responders Day, which falls on Friday, Oct. 28.

“Every day, our brave heroes put their lives on the line to keep us safe,” said Hastings (D-Frankfort). First Responders Day is an annual reminder that we must come together to celebrate the courage and strength of the emergency personnel in our communities.”

Last week, Hastings presented a $610,000 grant to Fire Chief Michael Schofield for the Orland Fire Protection District. The project will help improve regional public safety operations and decrease response times by automating the process of requesting, dispatching and tracking fire and distress calls by providing mutual aid across Cook and Will counties. More than 40 communities across the South Suburbs will benefit by reducing response times for emergency services.

“It is vital that we provide our first responders with the tools to keep our communities safe,” said Hastings. “I pledge to continue to work with emergency personnel to secure resources and provide updated technology and equipment to help them better do their jobs.” 

This day specifically thanks 911 dispatchers, as well as firefighters, police officers, emergency medical technicians and paramedics for their commitment to Illinois public safety.

Hastings reminds residents to extend gratitude to first responders year-round for their dedication and remember those lost in the line of duty. 

“We must remember to thank these selfless individuals throughout the year for their contributions to our safety and health,” said Hastings. “They put their lives on the line each day and deserve the utmost respect and recognition for their service.”

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