Newhouse, Bost, Smith offer bipartisan resolution to honor nation’s first responders

U.S. Reps. Dan Newhouse (R-WA), Mike Bost (R-IL), and Adrian Smith (R-NE) recently offered a bipartisan resolution to designate May as National First Responder Month.

“Our first responders are the front line for the safety and security of our communities and this resolution designating May as First Responder Month is the least we can do to recognize them for their sacrifice and commitment,” said Rep. Newhouse, who on April 30 sponsored House Resolution (H.Res.) 1185.

“With crime at all-time highs, deadly drugs plaguing our communities, and emergency life or death situations happening every day, I thank all of our first responders — whether full time, part time, or volunteers — for their dedication and heroism in the line of duty,” the congressman added.

Among the five original cosponsors who joined Rep. Newhouse in introducing H.Res. 1185 were Rep. Bost, Rep. Smith, and U.S. Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA).

“As one of the only former professional firefighters in Congress, I know first-hand how important it is that we support and uplift our first responders,” said Rep. Bost. “I’m proud to join my colleagues in introducing this resolution to declare May as First Responder Month, a time to spotlight the hard work our dedicated first responders put in to keep our communities safe.”

The U.S. Commerce Department estimates that there are 4.6 million first responders in the United States. They are police officers, peace officers, deputy sheriffs, correctional officers, local, state, federal, and tribal law enforcement officers, firefighters, emergency dispatchers, public safety telecommunicators, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, and nurses, who, in the course of their professional duties, respond to fire, medical, hazardous material, or other similar emergencies, according to the text of H.Res. 1185.

If enacted, H.Res. 1185 would encourage Americans to observe National First Responder Month by celebrating the lives of the first responders who have been injured or lost their lives in the line of duty; thank first responders for their continued commitment to their community and the nation; and conduct ceremonies and activities to pay tribute to first responders and their families, the text says.

“The men and women who volunteer to serve in the face of tragedy, crime, and disaster deserve to be honored,” Rep. Smith said. “Recent wildfire and weather disasters in Nebraska’s Third District have highlighted the critical civic role of these brave Americans who protect our communities and save lives. Across the country these heroes watch over us around the clock. This resolution is an important way to express our thanks.”