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CFO Jimmy Patronis Issues Proclamation Honoring International Firefighters


For Immediate Release: Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Contact: Office of Communications,, 850.413.2842
CFO Jimmy Patronis Issues Proclamation Honoring International Firefighters
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis issued a proclamation recognizing May 4th as International Firefighters Day.
CFO Jimmy Patronis said, “There’s no doubt, our firefighters have risen to the unprecedented challenges this past year, and I cannot thank them enough for their tireless service to the State of Florida. Day in and day out, our firefighters put themselves in harm’s way to keep their neighbors and communities safe. We all owe a debt of gratitude to the brave men and women in our fire service community and I’m proud to issue this proclamation recognizing their dedication and service to our state.”
WHEREAS, firefighters dedicate countless hours, selfless time away from their families and take ultimate risks to their lives to do their jobs for their communities; and
WHEREAS, the role of a firefighter is to respond to emergencies involving life, property, or environment and to fight together against one common enemy that can destroy lives; and
WHEREAS, most people would risk their lives to save a family member, friend or even a pet, but a firefighter makes the conscious decision daily to risk their lives for those in their community that they have never met; and
WHEREAS, the men and women of the fire service industry are a special group of individuals that exude extraordinary commitment and exceptional courage to tirelessly work in a profession whose focus is to serve and protect others; and
WHEREAS, International Firefighters Day was created in 1999 after 5 firefighters died tragically during a wildfire in Australia when the direction of the wind changed suddenly and engulfed them in flames. It is celebrated on May 4th because that is Saint Florian’s Day, and Saint Florian was the first commanding firefighter of an actual Roman battalion saving many lives and is considered the patron saint of firefighters; and
WHEREAS, International Firefighter Day is a time where the World’s community can recognize and honor the sacrifices that firefighters make to ensure that their communities and environment are safe as possible and remember those that gave the ultimate sacrifice of their lives to protect the safety of others.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal of the State of Florida does hereby recognize May 4th as INTERNATIONAL FIREFIGHTERS DAY and encourage all citizens to outwardly thank and show there appreciate to firefighters who dedicate their lives to protect life and property to all Floridians.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF the Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal of the State of Florida has hereunto subscribed his name and has caused the Official Seal of the State of Florida to be hereunto affixed in the City of Tallahassee on the 4th day of May 2021.
About CFO Jimmy Patronis 
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a statewide elected official and a member of Florida’s Cabinet who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).