CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. – The Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters announced their endorsement of Sen. Eric Schmitt for state treasurer Wednesday during a campaign stop in Cape Girardeau.
“Firefighters and first responders put their lives in danger to protect the safety, security and health of our loved ones and our communities,” Schmitt said. “We owe these brave men and women a thank you for the heroic work they do. I am honored the Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters has endorsed my campaign for state treasurer.”
The organization praised Schmitt’s leadership and commitment to emergency personnel as reasoning for their endorsement.
“Missourians know they can count on firefighters when danger comes and firefighters know they can count on Eric Schmitt when there’s tough fights in state government,” said Sherwood Smith, President of the Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters. “We all remember those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks on 9/11, including the first responders who ran into the Twin Towers when others were running out. It’s good to know there are still leaders like Eric Schmitt willing to stand up for us and advocate for our issues in state government. This is why we unanimously give Eric Schmitt our highest endorsement in his campaign for State Treasurer.”
“Eric Schmitt is a dedicated public servant who has worked hard to protect the men and women who put their lives on the line every day,” said Norman Baker, President of the Cape Girardeau Firefighters Association. “His commitment to emergency personnel is unquestioned and Eric will always have our backs.”
“Eric Schmitt is committed to making all Missouri communities safe and he has a sterling record in support of firefighters and first responders,” said Eric Latimer, with the Missouri State Council of Fire Fighters in Springfield. “He recognizes the great sacrifices that our men and women make and he has continually supported us. Eric Schmitt has stood shoulder to shoulder with firefighters and we are proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with him.”
— Eric Schmitt (@Eric_Schmitt) August 24, 2016
The Council is joined by the Missouri Fraternal Order of Police, the St. Louis Police Officers Association and the St. Louis County Police Association in endorsing Schmitt.
The Council is a member of the International Association of Fire Fighters and affiliated with AFL-CIO Heart of America Labor Council and the St. Louis Labor Council.
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