Sen. Blumenthal promotes legislation to give dispatchers first responder benefits

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal speaks about a gun buy back program during a press conference at City Hall in New Haven on April 16, 2021. The anonymous gun buy back with no IDs required will be held on Saturday April 17th from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 710 Sherman Parkway in New Haven where gift cards will be exchanged for the weapons. The buy back will also include BB guns.

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal speaks about a gun buy back program during a press conference at City Hall in New Haven on April 16, 2021. The anonymous gun buy back with no IDs required will be held on Saturday April 17th from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at 710 Sherman Parkway in New Haven where gift cards will be exchanged for the weapons. The buy back will also include BB guns.

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BRIDGEPORT — Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., visited the Bridgeport Emergency Operation Center on Sunday to recognize the 911 dispatchers during Telecommunications Week and push for first responder recognition.

During the visit, Blumenthal said that dispatchers deserve to be called first responders under the law.

“That’s why I’m pressing legislation that would give them that benefit,” he said.

Blumenthal said that the designation would give dispatchers all of the benefits of first responders.

Mayor Joe Ganim said that they would locally support the “overdue” legislation in any way that they can.

A video of the visit was posted by the Bridgeport Emergency Operation Center on its Facebook page.