Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis continues to provide an excellent example of what true leadership looks like by making a promise to send out $1,000 bonus checks for every first responder in the state.
“(To) Florida’s first responders: Help is on the way,” DeSantis stated during a Wednesday news conference held at the Satellite Beach Police Department in Brevard County. This translates to pledging checks every police officer, firefighter, paramedic, and EMT in the state of Florida.
“Some want to defund the police, we’re funding the police and then some,” DeSantis went on to say.
The payments will go out once DeSantis signs the recently passed budget into law, which the Republican governor says will happen “relatively soon.”
DeSantis, who was thanked by Satellite Beach Police Chief Jeff Pearson for his “unwavering support,” has also promised to “paint the town blue” by illuminating the state Capitol for a week with blue lights to commemorate fallen officers.
The announcement from DeSantis comes days before National Police Week, a tribute to police officers killed in the line of duty, is set to begin on May 9.
DeSantis has been a vocal opponent of the growing effort to defund police departments across the country, which came in response to controversial police interactions with black people, including the arrest that led to the death of George Floyd last year.
DeSantis has really stepped up to the plate during the coronavirus pandemic, refusing to allow his state to fall into the same kind of trap that the rest of the county fell into thanks to the failed leadership of power hungry Democrats.
This has proven that he is a great candidate for a run at the White House in 2024. It’ll be surprising if he decides not to toss his hat in the ring. Although, he might not if Trump does indeed run again.