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Ripon plans April 1st Responders Day
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The City of Ripon took a big step forward towards a “First Responder Appreciation Day” last week.

Elected leaders voted unanimously in favor of a resolution that calls for the first Saturday in April to pay homage to local police and fire as well as those in the emergency medical services.

Councilman Michael Restuccia, who is leading the way in this grassroots effort for this special day, has been meeting regularly with group of residents. He indicated that they’re early planning stages, with talks including possibly a parade.

Restuccia is hoping for a National First Responders Day, pointing out that other groups over the years, similar to his own, are looking to do likewise.

In this case, he’s working with Congressman Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) in an effort to bring national awareness.

Restuccia was inspired to recognize first responders  following the Sept. 30 train crash in Hoboken, NJ that left one dead and more than 100 injured.

He was moved by police, firefighters and emergency medical service workers quickly responding to this life-threatening emergency.

“Thousands of residents have benefited from the brave and courageous service of first responders across the City or Ripon and this country,” the resolution said. “Police, fire, emergency medical service and all who are commonly known as first responders work tirelessly and selflessly for the residents of Ripon regardless of any personal peril and hazard.”

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