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Governor Ron DeSantis announced the state will start rewarding Florida’s first responders with a $1000 bonus. He made the announcement Wednesday during a news conference. Surrounding the Republican governor were first responders and law enforcement officers who cheered his announcement. 

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‘We’re Funding The Police, And Then Some’

DeSantis spoke about the need to give special thanks to the police and first responders who answered the call day in and day out.

At the same time, his move spoke volumes against calls by progressives to defund the police. “I asked the legislature in this legislative session, we need to do bonuses for law enforcement.

Some wanted to defund the police, we’re funding the police, and then some,” he remarked. Meanwhile, protesters kept their position in calling for the defunding of police budgets.

Consequently, the protests intensified after former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin received a murder conviction. 

“Supporting our law enforcement and first responders have been a top priority for my administration,” DeSantis continued. He highlighted the importance of providing support for first responders, who needed it badly since last year.

“As a state, we are grateful for their continued service to our communities. This one-time bonus is a small token of appreciation, but we can never go far enough to express our gratitude for their selflessness,” he said. 

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Officials Thank DeSantis

In addition, Florida Attorney General Ashley Moody also said thanks via Twitter. Incidentally, Moody’s husband, Justin Duralia, is a Drug Enforcement Administration agent.

She’s said to be grateful for what DeSantis and the Florida legislature did. “Amazing news on this greatly deserved bonus for our first responders and law enforcement officers!

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 tweeted. 

Meanwhile, Satellite Beach Police Chief Jeffery Pearson, who is also president of the Florida Police Chiefs Association thanked DeSantis heartily.

He gave kudos to DeSantis for his “unwavering” support to police and first responders, which includes the $1000 bonus checks. “With your strong and consistent leadership, law enforcement can count on you. And most importantly, the people of Florida can count on you,” he said. 

$1000 Bonus For Every Florida First Responder

Every cop and first responder who continued their work through the pandemic will receive a one-time $1000 bonus check. This covers Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT), paramedics, firefighters, and police officers in the state.

The Governor’s statement details the breakdown of recipients. The budget for the $1000 bonuses will form part of the 2021-2022 budget, which remains unsigned.

However, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is working to expedite the release. The DEO allocated an approximate $208 million to provide the $1,00 bonus for 49,405 sworn law enforcement officers, 40,732 EMTs, 35,811 firefighters and 33,185 paramedics in Florida.

As a result, over 174,000 first responders from Florida will receive the $1000 bonus. 

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22 Comments

  • Celso says:

    First responded deserve more than that ,they need to be respected by the people .and their bosses the public must support the all the way right or wrong. And people need to respect authority .

  • Joe Delgado says:

    The police get a bad rap too many times. They put their lives on the line to protect us. First responders are also my heroes for the work they do. I applaud governor DeSantis for the great work he does and I am proud to say. I live in Florida where the governor is for the people.

  • Elaine says:

    Way to go governor DeSantis!
    Boy he is really “poking the bear“!! I love it! Now, Florida citizens need to make sure they stand behind our governor.
    We are being infiltrated every day by newcomers from very liberal states. Florida citizens need to make sure they understand this is a conservative state and will remain so.

  • virgil says:

    It is a good starting point. hopefully more can be done to give all that work on the front lines including any medical personal what they deserve.

  • john french says:

    great job Governor more states should follow your lead with these trying times a little bit here and there means allot to most people and the recognition is greatly appreciated only if D.C. would do the same rather than spending it on buying peoples votes thanks again Governor DeSantis great job done !!!!!!

  • Dawn says:

    It is well deserved but they do deserve more. They should be better paid overall. I do have to ask “where is the compensation for everyone else who continued to work during the pandemic instead of staying home and collecting unemployment?”. It was said everyone would be recognized for continuing to work. Those at my husbands job as an electrician who stayed home “out off fear” earned more on unemployment then they would have if they stayed working. People like my husband who kept doing their jobs kept this economy going and businesses open.

  • Charles says:

    The attacks are coming, the lying and deception are on the way. We have not a good governor. We have a great governor! I mover here 20 yrs ago from Pa. I have always been a conservative. Their are people moving here that are moving from states who left because of the policies of the left. Things is, they will come here and vote the same way they did. I think I know away to counter that. They believe what they believe because of lies that they have been flooded with.
    They don’t see the correlation between how they voted and the results that they experience. They often believe that the negative effects are some other force. Plain social engineering. Flooding them with truth using post cards is one way to reach them. I am sure plenty of good ideas can be implemented. It is not only the people moving here but also many that have always lived here.

  • Kari Harris says:

    Florida & Governor DeSantis are bold and strong and setting a new path for this country! I’m proud of him for fighting back and not only speaking up for Florida but all of us as Americans that have had enough! I pray more Governors will stand up and have a back bone to not just talk behind closed doors but join the fight! I will be contacting my Governor and I hope you all will do the same!
    From a child, I have looked up to our men & women in all sorts of uniforms as hero’s for what they do! They do what the rest of us either could not or would not do! Today I still see them as strong and brave and I pray for the future of this country that you all will continue to raise your children and grandchildren with that same respect, because today’s education system and society will not!!
    Do your part!
    Thank you first responders and to our soldiers! I don’t feel you get enough recognition for what you do everyday!!!!!
    THANK YOU President Trump who continues to fight behind the scenes and Governor DeSantis who is not afraid to stand!
    You and your recent decisions make me proud to be an American again! We need MORE of this! Fight for us!!! Thank you!
    A Trump/DeSantis ticket in a few years looks great! Just saying! 👍🏻

  • Redrider says:

    DeSantis is Constitutional Governor, For the people, By the people, Law & Order , Every Legal Vote Counts,,,,,
    Been in Florida 40+ years , BEST GOVERNOR EVER!!!!

  • ISecureYou says:

    I think the bonus should have included G Licensed Security Officers who answered the call during the pandemic also. We stood strong at our posts while departments limited their activities outside of the station.

  • J. Quimby says:

    What about us medical transporters who kept working getting people to their medical appointments?? We risked our health dozens of times a day in Drs offices, hospitals, dialysis centers, etc.
    Does this bonus include us or are we just forgotten about??
    I could have chosen to stay home and make TWICE normal pay. But instead I kept working because thousands of people count on us, every day, to get them to important and critical medical appointments
    How about us????

  • sherril henderson says:

    It would be nice if the democrat’s would back something like this instead of rioters of black lives matters. BLM uses their riots just to steel and and give themselves some power.

  • Anthony Palmer says:

    Absolutely first responders put there live on the line every day and the Governor sees that good for him.

  • Steven Kirn says:

    I do not oppose the bonus. But what about teachers? Health care workers? Grocery workers that made it possible for us all to eat? I was in Tallahassee to testify when bills such as SB1014 and HB835 were before Committee. These bills were designed to make it difficult for K-12 teachers and university faculty to organize and bargain, but exempted police and firefighter unions from the proposed law, with the bill’s sponsor saying “taunting?) those of us in attendance that it was because “Police and firefighters run TOWARD danger!” Implication: “Teachers run away and don’t dearve our support.” Tell that to the teachers at Marjory Stoneman Douglas H.S. It is insulting, trivializing and infuriating. I support police, firefighters, EMTs and such — I have close relatives in each category. But I also support rethinking HOW we protect our communities, including rethinking whether it’s a better “funding/defunding/alternate funding” decision whether we could best spend money on community policing or social services versus more military vehicles and armaments. Why must the GOP needlessly reduce the argument to slogans? By the way, I opposed the “Defund the police” slogan from the beginning. It frames the problem all wrong. It should be closer to “Ensure safety,security and equal treatment for ALL” — and escalation of police militarization will not accomplish that.

  • Mary says:

    Wooo hooooo!!! Amen!!! We need to start somewhere then we can get the ball rolling to defend and fight for all. Thank you for standing Sir and doing what is right.

  • Jackiea says:

    I would be proud to call this man my governor!! He at least understands what is important….I wish our governor would do the same. Stand up for the people of your state and especially for the police….theres a few and I do mean a few bad apples in every type of work, but I’d like to see those that bad mouth the police get out there and do their job. Get a backbone, all you states, and run these looser people out of office that think they’re running this country and us!! We need Trump back!

  • David says:

    Boy this sure is a refreshing comcept, take care of the police, that take care of the people. Sure is different than the VP (illegitimate ot course) bailing criminals out of jail to continue committing crimes.

  • Chris AO says:

    WELL DONE Gov. DeSantis. I like how he stands up for his state. More Governors need to be like him. Not to be afraid to stand up for what is right. Yes, others like teachers, health care workers etc….. deserve bonuses too, but I think the police has & continues to deal w/ some crazy stuff/people. How can someone think it’s ok to defund the police?? We NEED the police. Yes, there may be a few “bad apples” which that’s w/ anywhere or any job you work @. What I think it is, people are becoming hateful, angry about just anything & just want to complain about something. And these “hateful groups” are just making things worse. We need to stand together for what’s right & what’s best for America & not be against each other. We need to Pray for America. God Bless America 🇺🇲🇺🇲🇺🇲

  • Sheldon says:

    It is wonderful that Desantis is rewarding first responders. They need the recognition for what they do. It is enough. We all pick our job.

  • ralph f. belmont Belmont says:

    WONDERFUL !!! GOD BLESS YOU MR. Desantis so glad to know you have our backs, keep up the good work LOVE YA !! Ralph F. BELMONT SARASOTA …..

  • Carl says:

    What???? No money for undocumented immigrants?
    No trophy for everyone?
    What a novel idea reward the people who deserve it!!!

  • Marty says:

    I truly support you Governor DeSantis and wish all Governors had a Backbone and make their own decisions about what they think bests for their State,and it’s citizens, rather than caving in to a bunch of BLM terrorist who Break the law every protest they do, by riots, burning, and Stealing keep up the good work and maybe some of your Courage and doing what right will rub off on some other Governors.

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