The Prince William County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to approve a property tax exemption for spouses of firefighters, law enforcement officers, and emergency service staff killed in the line of duty. I would like to thank them for passing the measure.
I am proud to have sponsored the constitutional amendment that enables localities to apply this exemption, which had overwhelming support by voters and passed unanimously in the General Assembly.
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.
My constituent, Sue Garbarino, the widow of Michael Garbarino, met with me in 2014 to discuss the financial burdens that face the families of our fallen first responders. I thank Sue for bringing this issue to my attention, and working with me to ensure the success of this legislation.
Today, as we remember the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, it is important to recognize that 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 legislation 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.