Denver -- Senate Majority Leader Mark Scheffel (R-Parker) and Senator Leroy Garcia (D-Pueblo) on Friday honored Colorado’s First Responders with Senate Joint Resolution 26, which designates September 27, 2016 as First Responder Appreciation Day.
"First responders are the ones that never retreat. They always move towards danger, working to protect the lives of the citizens of our state," said Scheffel. "In the midst of our busy legislative agenda, passing this resolution is the most important thing we will do today. These heroes deserve our most sincere thanks and appreciation, their dedication and willingness to serve and protect our communities is to be commended."
The Senate welcomed over 140 First Responders from across Colorado to the state capitol. Among those in attendance were Denver Police Sergeant Tony Lopez, Jr., and Denver Police Officer Rachel Eid, both who were shot in the line of duty. Also honored were Colorado Springs Police Sergeant Robert Wolf, Tactical Officer Dan Carter, K-9 Officer John Ford, and Patrol Mike Zamonas who were some of the first to respond to the Planned Parenthood tragedy in Colorado Springs this past November.
Also in attendance were representatives from Adams County 911, Alpine Rescue Team, AMR Colorado Springs/El Paso County, AMR Denver, Arapahoe County ARES, Aurora Fire, Cascade Training Center, Castle Rock Fire and Rescue Department, Castle Rock Police Department, Colorado 911 Resource Center, Colorado American College of Emergency Physicians, Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Colorado Department of Public Safety, Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control, Colorado River Fire Rescue, Colorado SAR Board, Colorado Springs Fire Department, Colorado Springs Police Department, Colorado State Patrol, Cunningham Fire Protection District, Custer County, Denver Fire Department, Denver Police Department, Denver Sheriff Department, Denver Transit Police, Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Elizabeth Fire Rescue, EMS Association of Colorado, Evergreen Fire Rescue, Fire Academy at Warren Tech, Fort Collins Police, Golden Police/Fire/EMS, Grand County EMS & OEM, Grand County Search and Rescue, Grand Junction Police Department, Inter-Canyon Fire Protection District, Limon Ambulance Service, Lakewood Police Department, North Metro Fire Rescue, O.M.E.G.A. and the RRVC MRC, Park County Sheriff's Office, Plains to Peaks RETAC, Platte Canyon Fire Protection District, Pueblo & Cañon City AMR, Pueblo City Fire, Rampart Search and Rescue, Rock Creek Volunteer Fire Department, Search & Rescue Dogs of the United States—Colorado Team, South Metro Fire Rescue Authority, Teller County Sheriff's Office, Ute Pass Regional Ambulance District, Washington-Yuma, County 911, West Metro Fire Protection District, and West Safety Services.