Sen. Eric P. Lesser voted with the Senate this week to pass a bill that designates the Sunday before Patriots’ Day as First Responder Day, to honor the fallen, currently serving, and retired first responders.
“Our first responders put their lives on the line each day to ensure our safety, protection and well-being,” Sen. Lesser said. “This bill allows our entire Commonwealth to honor those who serve and those who have given their lives in service to their communities.”
First Responders Day will allow the Governor to issue a decree honoring fallen police, firefighters, and first responders, and provide the opportunity for towns, state facilities and citizens to take pause in remembering those who died safeguarding their communities.
The bill declares First Responder Day as the Sunday before Patriots’ Day. The latter holiday, which falls on the third Monday, commemorates the first battles of the Revolutionary War and is the traditional date of the Boston Marathon. The First Responder Day’s date and its connection to the Boston Marathon bombings of 2013 call extra attention to the sacrifices made by first responders.
The legislation passed in the House April 4, and now heads to Gov. Baker for his signature into law.