HARRISBURG – Today, the Senate passed legislation that would create commendation medals for members of the law enforcement community, according to Senator Mike Regan, Chairman of the Senate Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee.
Senate Bill 1246, sponsored by Senators Regan (R-Cumberland/York) and Elder Vogel (R-Beaver), would task the Municipal Police Officers Education & Training Commission with designing three medals: the Blue Star of Valor (for exceptional gallantry, heroism and bravery in the face of life-threatening circumstances); the Blue Heart (for those injured in the line of duty); and the Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice (for those who have fallen in the line of duty). The Governor would make the ultimate decision on the awarding of a medal.
“This is a simple measure establishing medals of commendation for our State and local law enforcement officers,” said Sen. Regan. “But it is an extremely important one in that it would, for the first time, establish a statewide mechanism to recognize and thank law enforcement for their heroism. There are a countless number of good deeds done by police officers every day that are not recognized. It is my hope that through steps like this that we can help restore the respect for our men and women in blue who protect us.”
SB 1246 now heads to the House of Representatives for further consideration.
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