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Monday, September 17, 2018

UNITY. U.S. Representative David Cicilline.

 September 14, 2018  
Dear David,

On September 11th, 2001, we witnessed a despicable act of evil against our country. Every year, we honor the fallen and remember the families who lost loved ones 17 years ago.

This year, I was honored to speak at the Rhode Island State Police Remembrance Ceremony where we remembered the lives lost on this tragic day, including 9 of our own Rhode Islanders and more than 30 Rhode Islanders who made the ultimate sacrifice to serve our country in the wars of Afghanistan and Iraq. These men and women embody our country’s patriotism and resiliency.

We also honored the selfless first responders who rushed to the Twin Towers, Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, along with veterans and the men and women of our Armed Forces who volunteered for the United States Military and who have deployed to dangerous places around the world since 9/11. As Americans, we are fortunate to live in a free and safe society because of the valiant efforts, brave actions, and extraordinary sacrifices of those who have served in our Armed Forces.

While the tragedy of that day irreparably altered our nation’s history, we should also recall the sense of unity which followed. Ordinary Rhode Islanders rose to the challenges and displayed tremendous courage. Thousands of our family members, friends, and neighbors volunteered to serve their nation in arms, and thousands others donated their time, money, or their blood to help victims of the attack recover and begin rebuilding their lives.

In the days, months, and years following 9/11, the acts of charity, sacrifice, and patriotism gave us all great confidence in the strength of our people and power of our nation. Though we saw the worst of humanity on September 11th, on September 12th, we saw the best of America. It showed us that when our country is united, there is nothing that can stand in our way.


Making sure young people have access to mental health services is something that is incredibly important. That’s why on Monday, I joined Governor Raimondo, my colleagues in the Rhode Island Congressional delegation, and the Rhode Island Department of Education (RIDE) to announce a $9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support stronger mental and behavioral health services for Rhode Island students.

Submitted in partnership with the Department of Children Youth and Families (DCYF), the grant proposal will allow the two state agencies to improve and expand services in the Providence, Pawtucket, and Woonsocket pilot districts with a $1.8 million annual allocation that will impact nearly 40,000 students. RIDE and DCYF will also work with the districts and with community partners to increase awareness of mental health issues, provide training for school personnel, and connect students and families with the mental and behavioral health services they need. You can find out more information on this $9 million grant by clicking here .


The brave men and women in our fire departments deserve access to the best equipment available to help keep them and our communities safe. That’s why I joined Senator Reed, Senator Whitehouse, and Congressman Langevin on Tuesday to announce the latest $382,000 grants being awarded to Rhode Island fire departments as a measure to upgrade essential safety equipment.

These federal funds are being awarded through the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Assistance to Firefighters Grant (AFG) Program. AFG grants are designed to supply critically needed equipment, protective gear, emergency vehicles, training, and other resources necessary to protect local communities.

The Smithfield Fire Department will use its $202,728 grant to purchase replacements for its outdated Self-Contained Breathing Apparatus (SCBA) units. The old units are no longer compliant with National Fire Protection Association standards, and the replacement units will ensure effective emergency response by providing breathable air to firefighters during rescue operations and other situations involving toxic and dangerous air conditions.

Since 2001, Rhode Island fire departments and other first responders across the state have successfully secured more than $39 million in AFG awards to pay for equipment upgrades, protective gear, emergency vehicles, and training. I am proud to have advocated directly to FEMA with this latest grant to ensure funding for our firefighters and will continue working alongside my colleagues in the delegation to support vigorous funding for FEMA’s AFG program.


This week, I joined family and friends in celebrating Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

The High Holy Days provide us an opportunity to contemplate the past year and to think about the coming year. In doing so, we consider how we can improve ourselves, our community, and the life of our nation. This is an important time for prayer and thoughtful reflection.

I wish everyone who celebrated, a sweet and happy New Year. Shanah Tovah.

As always, if you or someone you know has any questions or concerns, please call my office at 729-5600 or send me an email at David.Cicilline@mail.house.gov.

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Warm regards,

David Cicilline
Member of Congress  

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