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Governor signs bill enacting Volunteer Emergency Responder Appreciation Day

“I am looking forward to honoring the volunteer emergency responders in the 56th district and all across Illinois this coming May.  These men and women put their lives on the line every day purely out of the goodness of their hearts.” –Senator William Haine

haine-75x75SPRINGFIELD, IL-- Late last month, Governor Quinn signed into law a bill that designates Volunteer Emergency Responder Appreciation Day as the third Thursday in May.  The commemorative day will be dedicated to the remembrance of fallen volunteer emergency responders, like volunteer firefighters, and to honor those who are currently or have formerly volunteered as emergency responders. 

Democratic Senator William Haine sponsored the legislation and is very pleased that it has now become law.  “I am looking forward to honoring the volunteer emergency responders in the 56th district and all across Illinois this coming May,” said Senator Haine.  “These men and women put their lives on the line every day purely out of the goodness of their hearts.”

The legislation also creates volunteer emergency responder license plates for purchase by individuals interested in supporting the volunteer emergency responders in their communities.  The proceeds of the specialty license plate will be used to help purchase equipment for volunteer emergency responders, as well as to hold an annual appreciation, memorial, and commemoration ceremony. N The proceeds will also fund scholarships for children and spouses of volunteer emergency responders who have been killed in the line of duty. 

Volunteer emergency responders are extremely vital to many Illinois communities.  If disasters happen that overwhelms local response capabilities, such as tornados or floods in smaller communities, these individuals not only aid in the initial crisis management and disaster relief, but are also able to give critical support to disaster victims.