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Session of 2023 - 2024 Regular Session


Posted: January 12, 2023 02:48 PM
From: Representative Ryan E. Mackenzie
To: All House members
Subject: Keystone First Responder Award
In the near future I will be reintroducing legislation to create the Keystone First Responder Award.

The Keystone First Responder Award will recognize those public servants who were either killed or suffered a career ending injury in the line of duty. The award will be administered by the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and a committee consisting of the Pennsylvania State Fire Commissioner, Director of Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency, Director of Pennsylvania Bureau of Emergency Medical Services, the Secretary of General Services, the Commissioner of the Pennsylvania State Police, and the Pennsylvania Chiefs of Police Association. In consultation with the committee, the Governor will choose the recipient, on or as near as practicable to September 11th of each year.

Every day first responders in Pennsylvania answer the call to protect people and/or property, often risking their own safety. This award will honor and commemorate emergency responders who have made profound commitments while performing their duties as law enforcement, firefighters, emergency medical services personnel, coroners, or 911 dispatchers.

Please join me in cosponsoring this legislation to pay tribute to our first responders and thank them for their selflessness and dedication.


Introduced as HB358