W.Va. passes bill to aid families of fallen firefighters

The bill makes death benefits retroactively effective Jan. 1 to help the families of firefighters who died while responding to a fatal crash

By FireRescue1 Staff

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A bill that aims to help the families of fallen firefighters killed in the line of duty was recently passed.

WV Metro News reported that the bill is meant to retroactively implement death benefits for the families of Pratt volunteer firefighters who died in a crash while responding to another fatal crash.

The bill passed unanimously in both the House and Senate.

“This gives the assurance their families will be taken care of,” Senator Greg Boso said.

House Speaker Tim Armstead wrote to the governor about the benefits shortly after the firefighters died.

“I’m thankful that the Legislature and Governor were able to come together and act quickly to ensure the families of the fallen Pratt firefighters receive the full benefits approved under Senate Bill 625,”Armstead said. “Our volunteer firefighters are vital to the safety and protection of communities across West Virginia, giving freely of themselves to help us in our times of greatest need. This bill makes sure that the families of those brave individuals who paid the ultimate sacrifice back in March receive the full benefits of Senate Bill 625.”

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