Final Measure to Assist Families of Fallen First Responders Passes House


HB1884 grants localities the ability to exempt from real property taxes the surviving spouse of a first responder killed in the line of duty

Richmond, VA – Today, Delegate Hugo’s (R-Fairfax) HB1884 was passed unanimously by the House of Delegates.

“My constituent Sue Garbarino, a surviving spouse of a fallen first responder, brought this to my attention in 2014,” said Delegate Tim Hugo. “This has been a three-year priority of mine and I couldn’t be more happy about the unanimous support from my colleagues in the House.”

In May of 2006, a shooter opened fire on police officers in the parking lot of the Sully District Police Station in Fairfax County, hitting Master Police Officer Michael Garbarino and Detective Vicky Armel, both of whom succumbed to their wounds. In late 2014, Sue Garbarino, Officer Garbarino’s widow, met with Delegate Hugo to discuss the financial burdens that face the families of our fallen first responders.

“Our first responders run into burning buildings, are the first on the scene of an emergency, and go to work with body armor strapped on. This is but a small recognition for the efforts of our first responders who put their lives on the line each and every day in order to keep us safe, particularly those who have given the ultimate sacrifice,” Hugo concluded.

In 2015, HJ597, the first of two resolutions to create the ballot measure was passed by the General Assembly. In 2016, the second resolution to create the ballot measure, HJ123, was also successfully passed by the General Assembly.

On November 8, 2016, the ballot measure, Question #2 under Constitutional Amendments, received nearly 80% and over 2.9 million votes.