Governor approves first responder overtime expenses following mass shooting

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AUSTIN, Texas (Big 2/Fox 24) – Governor Greg Abbott has approved a grant to cover overtime expenses incurred by first responders during the mass shootings in El Paso and Odessa.

According to a release from the Governor’s Office, Abbott approved a $1.5 million grant reimbursing law enforcement and first responders in Midland, Odessa and El Paso.

The funds were made available via the Emergency Federal Law Enforcement Assistance grant program.

“I am grateful to the Department of Justice for this grant, and I thank our brave first responders for the important role they played in this midst of these horrific tragedies,” said Governor Abbott. “Every day, our first responders put their lives on the line for the safety and well-being of our communities, and the state of Texas will continue to provide them with the support they need and deserve.”

The mass shooting in El Paso occurred on August 9. Police officials say 22 people were killed and about 24 others were injured.

About a month later, another mass shooting occurred in Odessa. Seven people were killed and more than 20 were injured.

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