The fall legislative session began this week with the passage of several jobs bills, as well as resolutions honoring some of our state’s finest men and women. The State Senate passed two resolutions, one honoring the members of the 147th Aviation Regiment of the Wisconsin Army National Guard and another honoring emergency medical service (EMS) professionals. It is appropriate and important to recognize these individuals given the contributions they make and the impact they have on our lives and communities.
-Senate Joint Resolution 43 (SJR 43) congratulates and commends the members of the Wisconsin-based 1st Battalion, 147th Aviation Regiment of the Army National Guard, known as the “Iron Hawks”, for receiving the 2010 Army Aviation Association of America’s John J. Stanko award. This is the first award of its kind for a Wisconsin National Guard helicopter unit and recognizes these members for their outstanding contribution and innovation to the field of army aviation and their work beyond the normal assigned mission. The Iron Hawks were deployed in September 2010 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom where they joined 50,000 U.S. troops and were responsible for all aviation operations in nine provinces of Iraq. This is only one example of their incredible contribution and service. We greatly appreciate their dedication and sacrifice in defending our great country.
-Senate Joint Resolution 44 (SJR 44) honors 21 EMS professionals who were nominated by their respective ambulance service directors to be Stars of Life honorees. Stars of Life honorees are outstanding emergency service providers who have shown great skill and gone above and beyond the call of duty in the delivery of emergency services. These honorees are representative of the thousands of men and women who provide these critical services every day on either a full-time or volunteer basis, often putting their own safety at risk. EMS workers not only provide crucial emergency medical services but also serve in leadership roles to develop partnerships and programs throughout our communities.
We commend and appreciate all the volunteers and those who work to provide public services and keep us safe every day. They are a great asset and a vital part of our communities.