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(J.R.H. 105)

Offered by: Representatives Young of Orwell, Houston of Ferrisburgh, LaBarge of Grand Isle and McGrath of Ferrisburgh.

Whereas, firefighters protect persons and property during often life threatening situations for both the victims and these brave men and women, and

Whereas, firefighters must often perform their critical duties under the most unbelievably difficult circumstances, and

Whereas, many of these fine public servants, who come to our desperately needed assistance in their brightly colored vehicles, are volunteers who are required to immediately depart from their jobs and families at a moment's notice, often at great personal sacrifice, and

Whereas, firefighters from neighboring communities are often called upon to assist their colleagues in containing a large blaze, and

Whereas, in early January 1998, a severe ice storm of previously unimagined historic proportions hit the state of Vermont, and

Whereas, the difficulties that arose during this storm's destructive fury prompted both Governor Dean and President Clinton to declare the Vermont counties of Addison, Chittenden, Franklin and Grand Isle as disaster areas, and

Whereas, the magnitude of the devastation that resulted from the storm challenged Vermont's firefighters to apply innovative and unusual techniques to meet the numerous emergencies that arose in its wake, and

Whereas, Vermont's firefighters were truly very special heros throughout the ice storm and its aftermath, now therefore be it

Resolved by the House of Representatives and Senate:

That the General Assembly salutes the brave and always ready firefighters who performed beyond the call of duty during the 1998 ice storm, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Vermont Firefighters Association.