HARRISBURG – Legislation to honor law enforcement officers has been approved by the PA Senate. Senate Bill 1246 would recognize the service and sacrifice of local law enforcement officers by creating a statewide system of medals to honor their service. Sen. Mike Regan of Cumberland & York Counties co-sponsored the bill. Under the bill, three medals would be designed: the Blue Star of Valor for exceptional gallantry, heroism, and bravery in the face of life-threatening circumstances; the Blue Heart for those injured in the line of duty; and the Medal of Ultimate Sacrifice for those who have fallen in the line of duty. The governor would make the ultimate decision on the awarding of a medal. The bill is now before the House Veterans Affairs & Emergency Preparedness Committee for consideration.

SEN. MIKE REGAN