Fallen Officer Fund, AANHPI Heritage, and more

May 17, 2024

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Dear Neighbor,
Connecticut law enforcement officers have our backs every day. We owe it to them to support their families and stand by them. From now on, if a police officer or trooper is killed in the line of duty in our state, this fund will offer immediate support to their family.
The Fallen Officer Fund will:
  • Provide $100,000 to the surviving family members or beneficiaries of any Connecticut local or state police officer killed in the line of duty or who sustained injuries that were the direct and proximate cause of the officer's death.
  • Allow the surviving family members of police officers killed in the line of duty who were covered by that officer’s health insurance at the time of their death to remain on that coverage for up to five years.
1 in 5 adults in the U.S. live with a mental illness.
This Mental Health Awareness Week, I’ll be highlighting some common mental health conditions, resources and tips on how to help those that are struggling.
If you or someone you know is in a crisis, call or text the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline at 9-8-8. This is a 24/7. free, and confidential support line for people in distress which can offer prevention and crisis resources for people and their families/friends.
If you or someone you know has a food allergy, you know how scary a reaction can be. For those not as familiar, here are the steps you should take if you find yourself in a situation where someone is having symptoms of anaphylaxis.
  • Immediately call 911 or your local medical emergency number.
  • Ask if the person is carrying an epinephrine autoinjector (EpiPen, Auvi-Q, others) to treat an allergic attack.
  • If the person needs to use an autoinjector, ask whether you should help inject the medication. This is usually done by pressing the autoinjector against the person's thigh.
  • Have the person lie face up and be still.
  • Loosen tight clothing and cover the person with a blanket. Don't give the person anything to drink.
  • If there's vomiting or bleeding from the mouth, turn the person to the side to prevent choking.
If there are no signs of breathing, coughing or movement, begin CPR. Do uninterrupted chest presses — about 100 every minute — until paramedics arrive.

Remember - don't wait to see whether symptoms get better. Seek emergency treatment right away. In severe cases, untreated anaphylaxis can lead to death within half an hour!

Many financial scams specifically target seniors. Here are some tips to remember on Senior Fraud Awareness Day
  • Don’t let anyone rush you. Give yourself time to process what’s happening.
  • Verify the person’s credentials before giving out confidential information.
  • Talk with someone you trust if you’re unsure it’s a scam.
  • Keep your social media accounts private to prevent scammers from getting personal information.
  • Never wire money over to someone without verifying the person or organization.
CT Elder Justice Hotline:
Connecticut formed its first Black regiments following the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863. These also included soldiers born in Asia and the Pacific islands, like Corporal Joseph Pierce, who grew up on a farm in Berlin, CT.
Learn more about other AANHPI soldiers from Connecticut infantries here: shorturl.at/ahzKW
Protecting our precious wildlife on Endangered Species Day and every day! 
On Endangered Species Day, join me in raising awareness of the diverse species that call our state home. Together, we can make a difference for generations to come.
Endangered, Threatened, and Special Concern Species in Connecticut: https://shorturl.at/frK06
As always, please feel free to contact me to share your ideas and concerns.

Roland Lemar
State Representative

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