Gov. DeSantis gives $1,000 bonuses to first responders for third year in a row

Gov. Ron DeSantis at a news conference in Jacksonville on Sept. 18, 2023. (Copyright 2023 by WJXT News4Jax - All rights reserved.)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis announced Monday afternoon at Craig Municipal Airport in Jacksonville that all first responders in the state will receive $1,000 bonuses for the third year in a row.

DeSantis then handed out checks to members of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and Jacksonville Fire and Rescue who were in attendance.

Eligible recipients of the first responder recognition bonus payments are police officers, sheriff’s deputies, paramedics, emergency medical technicians and firefighters employed by local governments throughout the state.

DeSantis started to hand out the bonuses in 2020 as a way to recognize first responders working during the pandemic and to show support to police who were receiving criticism following the death of George Floyd at the hands of a Minnesota police officer.

For more information about the First Responder Recognition Bonuses, visit

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