CHARLESTON, WV- Today, Governor Justice issued a proclamation declaring the second Saturday in September as Heroes Day in West Virginia.
Recognizing our state's first responders, Governor Justice said "These selfless heroes put others before themselves and deserve to be honored not only for one day, but every day. This wonderful group of men and women represent the very best of West Virginia."
"Our great state is filled with heroes from all walks of life who work on the front lines to keep our neighborhoods safe and respond to a crisis at the drop of the hat," Governor Justice added.
Photo by: Ed Parsons
Governor Jim Justice pictured with Bill Dawson holding the resolution proclaiming Heros Day.
During the severe flooding in West Virginia last June, Governor Justice got to see, up close, many first responders in action.
"When the 1,000-year flood ripped through West Virginia last year, our first responders did a fantastic job," said Governor Jim Justice. "The work done by West Virginians in the face of that crisis was nothing short of heroic. On September 9th I look forward to joining all West Virginians in honoring all our state's heroes."
In 2015, the West Virginia House of Delegates passed a resolution (HR16) designating the second Saturday of September as Heroes Day. Heroes day originated in Sistersville by Reverand Bill Dawson as he saw a need to honor those who put their lives on the line each and every day for the safety of others.