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$1,000 Bonus Awarded To Georgia's First Responders and Police

Patch logo Patch 9/28/2021 Marcus K. Garner
Gov. Brian Kemp announced the award to recognize all Georgia first responders who sacrificed during the pandemic. © Photo by Sean Rayford/Getty Images Gov. Brian Kemp announced the award to recognize all Georgia first responders who sacrificed during the pandemic.

ATLANTA — Georgia law enforcement and public safety officers and first responders will receive a $1,000 bonus, Gov. Brian Kemp announced on Monday.

Local governments and employers of eligible emergency responders and officers across the state will be able to apply to the state Office of Planning and Budget to receive the funding through the end of the year, Kemp said.

Eligible recipients include sworn law enforcement with state, local or school agencies, career firefighters, detectives and criminal investigators, probation and parole officers, paramedics and emergency medical technicians, sheriffs and deputies, correctional and jail officers, bailiffs, fish and game wardens, and 911 communications dispatchers.

“Our law enforcement officials and first responders answered the call of duty and bravely served on the front line of our fight against COVID-19, despite the unprecedented challenges thrown their way,” Kemp said. “Working with Speaker Ralston and the General Assembly, today, we are taking yet another step in supporting our men and women in uniform and first responders by providing this well-deserved bonus. Like they do every day, these heroic Georgians ran toward the COVID-19 crisis and put their lives on the line to protect others. My family and the state of Georgia deeply appreciate all they do. Thank you!”

Funding for the bonuses comes from the American Rescue Plan Act passed by Congress in March and signed into law by President Joe Biden.

Georgia Speaker of the House David Ralston said that especially because of the past 17 months of the pandemic when first responders weren’t able to quarantine like the rest of the public, this $1,000 was a way of showing appreciation for their service.

“We have made backing those who wear the badge and work on the frontlines a priority,” Ralston said. “Their selfless service keeps Georgia a great place to live, to work, and to raise a family, and for those efforts, we are truly grateful.”

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