Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis made the announcement on Wednesday that his administration will be rewarding all of Florida’s first responders with a $1,000 bonus for doing their lifesaving work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
Those receiving the bonus would include law enforcement officers, paramedics, emergency medical technicians, and firefighters.
DeSantis made the announcement Wednesday, flanked by first responders and members of law enforcement during a news conference in front of the Satellite Beach Police Department.
During the event he also announced he would sign the state’s budget.
The police officers surrounding the governor applauded DeSantis for the move, which he said would fund the police “and then some,” throwing sand in the face of progressives who want to defund law enforcement.
“I asked the legislature in this legislative session, we need to do bonuses for law enforcement,” DeSantis said. “Some wanted to defund the police, we’re funding the police, and then some.”
“Supporting our law enforcement and first responders has been a top priority for my administration, and it has never been more important than over the last year. As a state, we are grateful for their continued service to our communities,” DeSantis said. “This one-time bonus is a small token of appreciation, but we can never go far enough to express our gratitude for their selflessness.”
DeSantis, who has quickly become one of the most respected members of the Republican party, also is countering the far-left’s calls for the abolishment of police altogether.
DeSantis’ office said in a statement:
“The authorization comes following the Governor’s call for the bonuses in March, with the bonuses included in the 2021-22 state budget. While the budget is not yet signed, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is working to immediately implement this bonus program, expediting the distribution effort. Approximately $208 million has been allocated from DEO for over 174,000 first responders across the state, including 49,405 sworn law enforcement officers, 40,732 EMTs, 35,811 firefighters and 33,185 paramedics in Florida.”
Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody — whose husband is a Drug Enforcement Administration agent — also weighed in on Twitter, celebrating the move by DeSantis and the Florida legislature to send out the bonuses.
“Amazing news on this greatly deserved bonus for our first responders and law enforcement officers!” Moody wrote on Twitter.
“Thank you, [DeSantis], [Florida state Senate] and [Florida House of Representatives] for prioritizing the men and women who have dedicated their lives to serving and protecting our state,” she added.
Satellite Beach Police Chief and president of the Florida Police Chiefs Association gave kudos to DeSantis for his “unwavering” support of police and first responders.
“With your strong and consistent leadership, law enforcement can count on you […],” Pearson said. “And most importantly, the people of Florida can count on you.”
The $1,000 payments will be sent out in a one-time payment to the state’s first responders.
Progressives, meanwhile, continue to attack first responders like police officers especially following the murder conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin.
Author: Jeffrey Caff