Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Del. Paula Miller Named Legislator of the Year by Virginia's Professional Fire Fighters

The Virginia Professional Fire Fighters is a group that has a tremendous amount of respect from people on all sides of the political spectrum. When combine that with the fact that fire fighters put their life on the line to serve our community and support candidates who truly care about public service, you can see why it's a big deal to be named Legislator of the Year by Virginia's Professional Fire Fighters. In a statement released earlier today Del. Paula Miller shared her reaction to receiving the award.
"It is an overwhelming honor to be recognized by Virginia's Professional Fire Fighters as their Legislator of the Year," said Del. Miller. "As a reporter, I spent countless hours watching and reporting on the work of these brave men and women whose dedicated service to their communities is unmatched. Now as a state lawmaker, I have the opportunity to help ensure that our frontline responders receive the credit and full benefits they deserve."

At the Conference, Del. Miller announced she will be introducing Hometown Heroes Legislation during the 2009 General Assembly Session. The legislation will ensure that public safety professionals receive death benefits in all instances where their death is a result of work related service.

"I am carrying the Hometown Heroes legislation to guarantee that in the event any of our brave men and women in public safety who give their life to the citizens of the Commonwealth in the direct line of duty, receive the proper death benefit. It's the least we can do for our Hometown Heroes who serve so proudly."
I am pleased to see that Del. Miller isn't simply trying to use this for political points but is actually standing up for the first responders during her time in the General Assembly. Her actions are a good step in the direction of protecting fire fighters which, in turn, is also making our Commonwealth safer. So congratulations and thank you to Del. Paula Miller.

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