- Published: Thursday, October 04, 2012 09:49 AM
This weekend marks the 31st National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service in Emmitsburg, Maryland. The national remembrance service will be held Sunday, October 7th, 2012 and will honor the 80 firefighters who died in 2011 and an additional five firefighters who died in previous years.
Please take a moment this weekend to remember our firefighters and all public safety officials. These men and women put their lives on the line every day. They know when they go to work there is always the chance that they won’t come home. They do the jobs that many of us couldn’t dream of doing and are truly our heroes.
I have always been a proud supporter of labor and public safety and have worked hard to ensure that those who protect us are protected under Illinois laws. Over the years, I have sponsored legislation that increases the safety of emergency responders to traffic accidents and increases the penalties for drivers who violate laws which endanger emergency personnel. Additionally, I sponsored legislation creating the Volunteer Firefighter Job Protection Act, which prohibits a volunteer firefighter from being disciplined at their paying job for being late or missing work due to responding to an emergency call out. I have also worked to help secure funding and for various fire departments in my district and fought to allow firefighters to seek charitable donations in smaller communities.