WHEREAS, courageous individuals, both professional and volunteer, including police officers, firefighters, corrections officers, paramedics, EMTs, 911 dispatchers and operators, search and rescue teams, and other roles in the public safety sector come together as first responders to aid the public in the event of an emergency; and
WHEREAS, first responders are subjected to tremendous stress and the potential of grave injury while honoring their pledge to help those in peril; and
WHEREAS, over 4 million people serve as first responders in the United States, and an average of 225 first responders are killed in the line of duty each year; and
WHEREAS, Alaskan first responders overcome the unique challenges of remote communities and severe weather conditions and play a critical role in ensuring the safety and wellbeing of citizens in both urban and rural areas; and
WHEREAS, despite enormous difficulties and severe risks, these men and women continue to provide protection, compassion, and life-saving intervention to those in need; and
WHEREAS, we extend our sincere gratitude to the dedicated first responders who continuously serve Alaska and to their family members, who also sacrifice so much. We are especially grateful to the first responders who gave their lives in service to others.
NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim October 28, 2023 as:
First Responder Appreciation Day
in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to recognize the vital role of Alaska’s First Responders in ensuring the safety of our homes and communities.
Dated: October 28, 2023