This week, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis began handing out $1,000 bonus checks to first responders in the Sunshine State; it’s the second year in a row DeSantis delivered a bonus to Florida’s brave men and women.
“We know how hard you guys have been working, and always it’s a tough job but particularly since COVID being able to flex and put yourself out there,” said DeSantis said at an event in Jacksonville. “We just thought last year this was something appropriate to do to show our support.”
“Being a firefighter is fulfilling and rewarding giving us the opportunity to help people during their time of need. Working their last couple of years has been more stressful than normal, but we are thankful that the governor was out in front fighting for first responders in the state of Florida,” said Captain Chris Stover with Jacksonville Fire Department.
First responders who were employed by any level of local government as of May 1st are eligible for the bonus; one hundred thousand Floridians will be receiving the bonus check.
“The men and women of JFRD work extremely hard every day, protecting us during the pandemic, they put their lives on the line for the community,” said Chief Keith Powers with JFRD. “In fact, we lost a firefighter in the line of duty due to COVID that got exposed by serving the community. So thank you all for the hard work you all do every day.”
DeSantis shared the moment on Twitter, saying “$1,000 bonus checks are in the mail for Florida’s first responders. These checks are a token of our appreciation for all they do to keep our communities safe and secure. This makes two years in a row that we have delivered for our fire rescue and law enforcement communities.”
$1,000 bonus checks are in the mail for Florida’s first responders. These checks are a token of our appreciation for all they do to keep our communities safe and secure.
This makes two years in a row that we have delivered for our fire rescue and law enforcement communities. pic.twitter.com/2ZwADmaGNx
— Ron DeSantis (@GovRonDeSantis) September 12, 2022