On Tuesday, first responders from around Tarrant County and the state endorsed Senator Wendy Davis for re-election to Senate District 10. Those endorsing Senator Davis included the Fort Worth Professional Firefighters Association, Arlington Professional Firefighters Association, Texas State Association of Firefighters, Fort Worth Police Officers Association, Arlington Police Association, the Tarrant County Law Enforcement Association, and the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas, known as CLEAT.
Every major police and firefighters association in Tarrant County has now endorsed Davis.
Jim Tate, President of the Fort Worth Professional Firefighters Association was unequivocal in expressing his organization's support. "First responders are out there every day, putting their lives on the line. We want someone in Austin fighting for us with that same level of commitment, and we know Senator Davis does that."
Davis expressed her appreciation of all first responders for their devotion to the communities they serve. "To have the support of the men and women who keep our neighborhoods safe, day in and day out, is just incredibly humbling," said Davis. "I can't think of a bigger honor."
During her first term representing the citizens of Senate District 10, Senator Davis has worked side-by-side with first responders to ensure they have the resources needed to make our neighborhoods safe.
In 2011, Davis wrote legislation referred to as the Rape Kit Bill, which will clear thousands of backlogged DNA evidence kits collected after victims report being sexually assaulted. "Senator Davis' work on the Rape Kit Bill shows how much she cares about protecting sexual assault survivors and keeping our neighborhoods safe," said Randle Meadows, President of the Arlington Police Association.
Davis also supported legislation that expedites first responders' worker compensation claims when they are critically injured in the line of duty.
"When one of our folks is injured in the line of duty, that's one of the rare instances when a first responder is the one asking for help," said Charley Wilkison, of the Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT). "Like everyone else, we just want to know we're going to have the support we need to get healthy and back to work. We're grateful that Senator Davis has always stood beside us on that."
In addition to today's endorsement, Davis has received several awards and recognitions for her work in support of first responders and crime prevention, including CLEAT's Best of Senate Legislative Award and a Certificate of Appreciation by Texans Against Crime.
The enthusiastic support she has received from the firefighters and police officers of Tarrant County echo Davis' strong support for Texas public servants. In August, statewide education leaders also offered their endorsements for Davis' reelection. Texas Firefighters, police officers, and teachers agree that Wendy Davis has their back. Their consensus serves as a reminder of the prominence and respect Davis has earned in her short time in the legislature.