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CFO and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis Statement on Governor Rick Scott’s Intent to Sign PTSD Bill for First Responders


For Immediate Release: Wednesday, March 7, 2018
Contact: Anna Alexopoulos Farrar, 850.413.2842,
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis issued the following statement regarding Gov. Rick Scott’s announcement at the Ringing of the Bell ceremony for Florida’s fallen firefighters that he intends to sign Senate Bill 376, increasing mental health benefits for first responders. Gov. Scott also issued a proclamation declaring today, March 7, 2018, as Firefighter Appreciation Day.
“I want to thank Governor Rick Scott for his intent to sign this great legislation that helps Florida’s brave first responders get the mental health benefits they need. Gov. Scott’s announcement today shows his continued leadership and commitment to this community. PTSD is a hidden killer among our first responders. It’s critical that we do everything possible to ensure first responders are not alone as they cope with the horrific images they see daily. Today, was not only a day to honor those we have lost, but to celebrate the lives we could save.” 

About CFO Jimmy Patronis
Chief Financial Officer and State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis is a native Floridian and a member of Florida’s Cabinet, who oversees the Department of Financial Services. CFO Patronis works each day to fight insurance fraud, support Florida’s firefighters, and ensure the state’s finances are stable to support economic growth in the state. Follow the activities of the Department on Facebook (FLDFS) and Twitter (@FLDFS).