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January 8, 2015                                                     

CONTACT: Melanie Mowry Etters
Communication Director

Statement from APD Director about
First Responder Appreciation Week

TALLAHSSEE, FL —“In celebration of First Responder Appreciation Week, I want to extend my thanks to all members of police departments, sheriff’s offices, and fire and rescue departments in our state who put the health and safety of others before themselves. Additionally, I want to thank individuals who serve as Adult Protective Services Investigators with the Department of Children and Families who are first responders to many incidents involving people with disabilities.

First responders make a tremendous difference in the lives of so many Floridians. I think it is important to say thank you to those that risk so much for so many.  On behalf of the Agency for Persons with Disabilities (APD) and our customers and partners, we share our appreciation for all that these heroic individuals do to serve and protect the citizens of Florida,” said APD Director Barbara Palmer.

About APD

The Agency for Persons with Disabilities supports people with developmental disabilities to live, learn, and work in their communities. The agency annually serves more than 50,000 Floridians with autism, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, intellectual disabilities, Down syndrome, and Prader-Willi syndrome. For more information about the Agency for Persons with Disabilities, visit or call toll-free 1-866-APD-CARES (1-866-273-2273)