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Bill Aimed At Aiding First-Responders Is Moving in Congress

Posted 7/18/16

The families of fallen or severely disabled first-responders often wait a year or more for a special Federal benefit, and members of the New York Congressional delegation have signed on to speed things up.

Since 1976, the families of police officers, firefighters and emergency medical work­ers have been granted a Public Safety Officers’ Benefit. To qualify, the responder must have been killed by a traumatic injury in the line of duty, or from a heart attack or stroke occurring within 24 hours of a serious non-routine stressful event.

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