Sen. Patrick Joyce

SPRINGFIELD – State Senator Patrick Joyce (D-Essex) sponsored a resolution to recognize Oct. 28 as First Responders Day in Illinois.

This designated day recognizes and remembers the first responders lost and extends gratitude to all first responders for continuously putting their lives on the line for the citizens of Illinois.

“First responders put their lives on the line each and every day to keep us safe,” Joyce said. “That’s why we have dedicated this day as a way to celebrate the courage and strength of these remarkable emergency workers in our communities.”

This idea was brought to Joyce by a 911 dispatcher in Kankakee County and led to Senate Resolution 534. This day specifically thanks 911 dispatchers, as well as firefighters, police officers, emergency medical technicians and paramedics for their commitment to Illinois public safety. 

Joyce urges residents to recognize the contributions of first responders in their communities with ceremonies and activities.