Fitzpatrick proposal strengthens Public Safety Officers Benefits.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Public safety officers are one step closer to ensuring their families are protected should the unthinkable occur while protecting our communities. According to a release, the House of Representatives today passed the “Daniel McIntosh” Public Safety Officers Benefits bill, which would extend Public Safety Officer Benefits to the families of emergency service personnel who die in the line of duty in service to a non-profit organization. Current federal law limits these benefits only to emergency service personnel employed by governmental units. "Emergency service personnel encounter potentially dangerous situations every time they answer a call. Their selfless devotion serving their community keeps our neighborhoods safe and protected,” …
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.
- POLICE & FIRE
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
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, Bensalem EMT 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 …