This week, I had the honor of thanking law enforcement officers, firefighters and their families at the Gold Shield Annual Luncheon in Tampa. Our law enforcement officers and firefighters cannot do their job without the support of their loved ones—and that is why we also honored the immense sacrifices made by the families of our first responders. We want those who serve and protect us, to know that their families will be taken care of should anything happen in the line of duty.

The Gold Shield Foundation not only provides financial assistance to ensure families of fallen heroes receive the help they need directly after their loss, but also works to ensure their children and spouses can go to college. The work of this foundation brings hope to brokenhearted families, and it is an inspiration to see the foundation serving families in Florida.

I will be forever grateful for the brave law enforcement officers and firefighters who selflessly put their lives on the line. My prayers continue to be with the families and friends of all our fallen heroes.

I would also like to thank the Gold Shield Foundation for the honor of receiving the Phil McNiff Lifetime of Service Award. I especially loved and respected Phil McNiff—and I am truly humbled to receive this special award.

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