First responder bills introduced at Nevada legislature

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (KOLO) - Nevada Senate Majority Leader Aaron D. Ford (D) Thursday joined police and fire representatives to announce legislation for Nevada’s first responders.

Senate Bill 540 will create a memorial for Nevada firefighters at the Capitol Complex in Carson City, and Senate Bill 541 creates a sentencing enhancement for certain felony offenses when the victim is targeted because he or she is first responder.

“Today, we’re sending a clear message that Nevadans honor and appreciate the first responders who dedicate their lives to keeping our communities safe,” said Senator Ford. “These bills will give the fallen firefighters the respect and recognition they deserve and will send a message that Nevada will not tolerate targeted attacks against our brave first responders.”

“Every day, our police officers, firefighters, and other first responders are willing to risk injury and even death to serve the public,” said Richard McCann, Executive Director of the Nevada Association of Public Safety Officers. “Senate Bill 541 will send a message that the state of Nevada has no tolerance for those who seek to harm law enforcement and first responders, and those who do will face significant penalties.”

“Nevada’s fallen firefighters deserve to be honored at the seat of state government.” said Angelo Aragon, President of the Professional Firefighters of Nevada. “We are proud to support Senate bill 540 which will place the Nevada Firefighters Memorial on the grounds of the Capitol Complex to let our brave firefighters and their families know that we greatly appreciate the service of those who’ve made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Photos courtesy WCSO
Photos courtesy WCSO