Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis issued the following statement regarding Gov. Rick Scott’s announcement at the Ringing of the Bell ceremony for Florida’s fallen firefighters that he intends to sign Senate Bill 376, increasing mental health benefits for first responders. Gov. Scott also issued a proclamation declaring today, March 7, 2018, as Firefighter Appreciation Day.
“I want to thank Governor Rick Scott for his intent to sign this great legislation that helps Florida’s brave first responders get the mental health benefits they need. Gov. Scott’s announcement today shows his continued leadership and commitment to this community. PTSD is a hidden killer among our first responders. It’s critical that we do everything possible to ensure first responders are not alone as they cope with the horrific images they see daily. Today, was not only a day to honor those we have lost, but to celebrate the lives we could save.”