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Danny Mac Bill Needs Your Help

Today, Danny’s widow Bethann went to Washington to speak with members of Congress about the bill. She needs you to send letters to Congress urging the bill's passage.

According to a story on cbslocal.com, area first responders are urging passage of federal legislation that would protect the families of volunteer EMTs killed in the line of duty.

Why are they doing this?

In March 2010, Danny McIntosh suffered a massive heart attack in the line of duty and passed away a short time later.  He was 39 years old and left behind a widow and two children.

The federal Public Safety Officer Benefits program was created in the 1970s to provide benefits to the families of first responders who die or become disabled in the line of duty.  However, current law limits these benefits only to those emergency personnel who are employed by governmental units. Volunteers are excluded.

There is currently legislation named for Danny and sponsored by U.S. Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-8th) that would extend benefits to the families of volunteer emergency service personnel who die in the line of duty. 

“The promise of America is equal protection under the law,” said Fitzpatrick in May.  “Families of emergency services personnel should not be denied protection simply because their loved one didn’t collect a paycheck in the service of their community.  This legislation seeks to take care of those who take care of us.”

Today, Danny’s widow Bethann went to Washington to speak with members of Congress about the bill.

The American First Responder Institute of Heraldry is asking for help.

“We need letters of support from all over the United States,” the group’s website states. “Please write a letter to your member of Congress and your Senators and ask them to co-sponsor 'DannyMac.' The letter doesn’t need to be long or complicated.   It can be hand written. As long as you include your name & address, it will work.”

The letters can be faxed to Bensalem EMS at 215-639-9905 or Fitzpatrick’s office at 215-579-8109.

“The recognition of Danny and this legislation means so much to me and my daughters,” said Bethann. “I hope it will prevent families like mine from suffering a second devastation after the loss of a loved one in the line of duty.”

Fitzpatrick told CBS the bill is languishing in the House Judiciary Committee.

“We’re not going to give up until we’ve done everything we can possibly do to get this law passed, so I remain hopeful,” he said. “I’m an optimist and we’re not going to give up on Danny’s family.”

yrrep February 17, 2012 at 02:37 PM
Wendy I'm going to buy the popcorn again so PLEASE don't let me down.
Wendy Saddler February 18, 2012 at 07:10 PM
Yrrep and thumbsup: I'm NOT here for your amusement, or anyone Else's within the B.T.P.D. I also have a strict policy of the following: "No man tells me what to do!!" You are nothing more than a hypocritical coward, who hides behind a fake name, which shows how immature you are. You have not been able to refute any of what I have said with actual facts, because you know what I print is the truth. Until you decide to grow up, quit the insults, and debate me using your real identities, I refuse to debate ignorance and cowardice, and that includes YOU. Tell your master, Haman, to look forward to not only to the concerned citizens of this town coming to the next council meeting, but also to the unexpected visits from the FBI, Department Of Justice, US and PA Attorney General's Office. Best of all, look forward your master being led away handcuffs, and I will be there with plenty of others for the occasion.
Wendy Saddler February 18, 2012 at 07:13 PM
Sharon: If you take the time to READ what I first stated, I WAS being positive. I was also simply telling the truth, and you know it. What is wrong with the truth??
thumbsup February 18, 2012 at 08:32 PM
Wendy you are nothing more then a liar who is the mouthpiece for evil. You tell so many lies that I guess you actually believe them (which is a sickness) .I met with 4 separate large group of firefighters the last couple of days and everyone of them thinks you are nuts and they want nothing to do with you. They confirmed that you speak with a small group of disgruntled people who don't like change or progress and that group uses you as the mouth piece because you are so easily influenced. That being said if any group thinks you are a good spokesperson they must be just as crazy as you are!!
demws February 18, 2012 at 08:41 PM
Wendy are all those agencies going to make the arrest together but more importantly are you going to be there because I need to know if I should buy the popcorn I can tell you 1 thing there will be more arrests. Just you wait and see
Wendy Saddler February 18, 2012 at 09:13 PM
thumbsup: Call me all the names you want, but I know the truth, and nothing will stop it. You say you spoke with 4 seperate large groups of firefighers, yet I have been in contact with EVEN MORE firefighters, who who have 5 to over 30 years of experience (See http://restorehonor-n-integrity2bensalem.blogspot.com/2012/02/episode-thirteen-of-everybody-hates.html, http://restorehonor-n-integrity2bensalem.blogspot.com/2012/02/were-waiting-haman.html., and http://restorehonor-n-integrity2bensalem.blogspot.com/2012/01/episode-twelve-of-everybody-hates.html), who confirm otherwise!! As for the 3rd ambulance that is supposedly in operation at the rescue squad, answer this for me. When it comes to the 3rd ambulance, you know the "power ambulance" you claim has been in operation for over 5 years. Why is it when I spoke with the Bucks County Emergency Health Services, they informed me that no one has seen this "Power Ambulance", (Medic 187 I believe.) in operation for several months?? Now Whose Lying???
Wendy Saddler February 18, 2012 at 09:21 PM
demws: My first piece of advice is get your facts straight about me, before you go and impersonate me. Secondly, as for the snide remark, your empty threats didn't phase me before in your letters, and they don't phase me now. So, until you decide to grow up, quit the insults, and debate me using your real identity, I refuse to debate ignorance and cowardice, and that includes YOU.
Wendy Saddler February 18, 2012 at 09:24 PM
For all Naysayers, cronies, and Haman's minions: you are nothing more than hypocritical cowards, who hide behind fake names, and refuse to reveal yourselves, because you know what I print is the truth. I refuse to debate ignorance and cowardice, and that includes YOU. GOOD BYE
thumbsup February 18, 2012 at 09:32 PM
Then why do you post lies? You supports were told bad / false info (on purpose) and they gave it to you and you posted it WHY IS THAT?
thumbsup February 18, 2012 at 09:33 PM
Wendy: The 4 large groups of firefighters that I met with confirm that ones you speak with are disgruntled, the groups i spoke with actually gave a few of your supports bad information on purpose just to see if you'd posted it and guess what you did (Good Move). As for the 3rd medic unit why don't you ask your SMALL GROUP of supports to give you the right information for once, the "power squad" is in-service daily and if they really were active in the fire service they'd know that (since it responds / gets dispatched at a minimum of a few times a day). and give you bad info, to confirm that they give you bad infomation on purpose everyone in the bensalem emergency service
demws February 18, 2012 at 09:49 PM
Wendy how come you never answer any of the issues that we talk about I told you before people were ready to debate you monday night but you chickened out you always have some excuse why you don't show up let's see if you have the guts to show up this
demws February 18, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Week
demws February 18, 2012 at 09:53 PM
When do you have said before that no man controls you you have to be kidding there are bunch of guys in town controll everything you do pf BB SC DJ
RUKIDME February 21, 2012 at 04:05 PM
Correct me if I am wrong, but didn't "187" run out of Cornwells Fire Company for a few months? I could have sworn I had seen them there almost on a daily basis when I would drive by coming home from work.
Wendy Saddler February 21, 2012 at 05:12 PM
demws: What issues?? You have not given me any to debate?? I never "chickened out", but said I am not here for your amusement. I watched the council meeting, and know that not one first responder was there, so stop the lies. RUKIDME: First off, thanks for the intelligent response/query. Just out of curiosity, how long ago did what you see took place? I was able to get information form Bucks County Emergency Health Services, stating that this particular ambulance has not been running for several months.
RUKIDME February 21, 2012 at 06:00 PM
I seen this right about the same time the big thing with Union Fire Company closing. I too have done some research and I was told that the Bucks County EHS does not keep track of what ambulances are out on the road but the Bucks County Communications Center does. Did you ever make contact with them to see if this is true or not?
RUKIDME February 21, 2012 at 06:11 PM
I may be wrong with the time frame thou...
RUKIDME February 21, 2012 at 07:04 PM
"This also should've been done a long time ago. I seem to remember Bryan Allen proposing a medical benefits program for the firefighters to help with recruitment and to take care of the firefighters after a 25 year career of providing fire protection for the Township!" What does this have to do with Dan McIntosh and the rest of the Bensalem EMS workers? Dan McIntosh's family is being denied the claim not because he was a vol firefighter, but because he was a contract worker for the township. At least that is what I got from the story. Please correct me if I am wrong.
Wendy Saddler February 21, 2012 at 11:01 PM
From what Info I gathered, Harran had a 3rd ambulance moved over to Cornwells, but was never actually used. As for last statement, about Bryan Allen's proposal, I said it because of the following: Bryan Allen attempted to do something like this for the volunteer firefighters of this town, but got shot down. Of course now all of a sudden Mike Fitzpatrick sponsors a similar bill, (Which I more than favor!) that smells soundly of stealing another persons idea!! I also believe that this should have been done much sooner, and done for ALL volunteer first responders. Most of all, I find it rather telling how Henry VIII, Haman (Harran), Nabal (Ponticelli), and Achan (Topley), have been nowhere to be found in helping this poor woman to get the federal benefits she is entitled to. As for your query, of "I was told that the Bucks County EHS does not keep track of what ambulances are out on the road but the Bucks County Communications Center does. Did you ever make contact with them to see if this is true or not?" I am wondering who told you this of Bucks EHS. Much of the information I get is from firefighters, and ones with over 30 years of experience. I am also able to confirm their information as truthful via Bucks County 911, Health Center, etc.
Wendy Saddler February 21, 2012 at 11:56 PM
Just so you know, Bucks County Emergency Health Services, keeps records of EVERY SERVICEABLE first responder vehicle (Especially Ambulances), that is UP and RUNNING. Emergency Communications Center keeps track of calls.
Wendy Saddler February 22, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Who are you talking about??? You're the one on someone's leash, and most of all, listening to and falling for the lies. "The 4 large groups of firefighters that I met with confirm that ones you speak with are disgruntled, the groups I spoke with actually gave a few of your supports bad information on purpose just to see if you'd posted it and guess what you did (Good Move)." Yeah right. Please try that lie on someone else, because my info I comes from SEVERAL people from different fire companies, including one whole fire company OTHER THAN UNION. I confirmed what they told me via Bucks County 911, internet research etc.?? I also got my info on the 3rd ambulance straight from the Bucks County Emergency Health Services, so are you calling them liars??
RUKIDME February 22, 2012 at 02:25 PM
As far as the ambulance that was at Cornwells, I personally saw that ambulance on multiple occasions leave the firehouse with lights and sirens. As too the EHS/911 center issue, I guess people say different things about it and I stand corrected if I am wrong. Are you in favor of Union purchasing a "fire boat?" What good is a "fire boat" in Bensalem? I understand that it was purchased with grant money, but who is taking care of the fuel and upkeep cost?
Wendy Saddler February 22, 2012 at 06:25 PM
When specifically did you see this ambulance running?? As for your question concerning the "fire boat", this IS a necessary and valuable purchase, for the following reasons: 1. It is part of the local, state and federal response for the Delaware River. 2. This is not a patrol unit. However, it can be used to locate drowning victims, evidence, suppress fire, handle hazardous spills and fires on the river and shore line. 3. Check with the US Coast Guard. You will find that it the responsibility of the local municipality to provide fire protection in the area where the municipality meets the river. In other words, BENSALEM TOWNSHIP. 4. A careful study was done to determine the needs for marine operations (from the fire company, not my words) on the Delaware River and this units meets the present needs and the anticipated needs for the foreseeable future. As for the question of the fuel and upkeep costs, the cost of maintenance and operation was part of the planning for the project. The same as when the township purchases a command vehicle, motorcycles, trailers and equipment for the canine dogs. This includes fuel and upkeep. To find out more about this project you should contact the Union Fire Company. The Department of Public Safety has been made aware of this project since it began in early 2006. Feel free to contact them yourself and find out what is really happening.
dave37 February 22, 2012 at 10:44 PM
Wendy word has it your boys are out of business in just a few weeks. Ill be glad. I'm sure you will be able to help then. Good luck
Wendy Saddler February 22, 2012 at 11:18 PM
Read this:http://restorehonor-n-integrity2bensalem.blogspot.com/2012/02/episode-15-of-everybody-hates-freddie.html Afterwards, I'd like to see you try to respond after you have been reported for impersonating Union's Fire Chief, and (hopefully) kicked off. God knows who you are, and so do I. No matter how you change your online name, the insults, or the illegal threats you make, they will never work, and neither will your master Haman's schemes against an honorable fire house.
dave37 February 22, 2012 at 11:45 PM
Wendy your the best. Are you telling me using a common first name and a number is illegal. What about the first amendment you talk about.
thumbsup February 23, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Wendy, I met with a another large group of firefighters tonight (one with over 27 yrs of service to bensalem twp) and they are all very concerned with the amount of tax money that union wasting on the boats fuel costs. They also question why do the union fire chiefs need to ask, their fire chief, to assist them (union) with routine tasks like incident command, fire responses, training and critiques?
yrrep February 23, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Thumbs up. Wendy won't answer you with a real information.
yrrep February 23, 2012 at 01:23 AM
I too have proof That union fire company needs help from the other companies with completing simple tasks. Guys I have the real proof not the fiction that wendy has
thumbsup February 23, 2012 at 01:56 AM
I was told that none of the fire chief officers there have any certification or training to be in those positions, that's why they are asking for so much help. One of the new chief officers there has zero experience and needs to lean on his neighbor, who is a fire chief officer from a different department to teach him what do at a fire scene. How safe is that? The firefighters I've spoken to are concerned because you shouldn't be learning as you go!!

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