The 2013 Oregon Legislature passed HB 2182 recognizing September 27th each year as First Responder Appreciation Day where Oregonians can come together and honor all first responders for the work they do. All employees of the Oregon State Police thanks Oregonians for your support. We encourage Oregonians to take time out of their day to thank a first responder in your local community including volunteers, search and rescue personnel, and full-time sworn and non-sworn employees in the fire, police, or medical profession.
House Bill 2182
Relating to recognition of first responders.
Be It Enacted by the People of the State of Oregon:
(1) The Legislative Assembly finds that:
(a) First responders risk their safety and personal property on a daily basis in the execution of their duty to protect the public;
(b) First responders are the first line of defense for the public against threats, domestic and foreign;
(c) First responders stand ready 24 hours per day to come to the aid of citizens of the United States of America;
(d) First responders are a vital part of our communities, not only responding to emergencies but also volunteering in our schools and community organizations;
(e) First responders, who are volunteers or employees of agencies that provide public safety services, including policing, fire protection, emergency medical services and search and rescue services, come together during emergencies to serve the public; and
(f) The State of Oregon wishes to honor and support first responders with an annual day of appreciation.
(2) The Legislative Assembly declares September 27 of each year as First Responder Appreciation Day.
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