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New bill would support emergency worker families

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) –  The Georgia Senate approved a proposal that would pay the family of first responders without spouses or dependents who die in the line of duty.

The bill would apply to firefighters, law enforcement officers, EMT's, prison guards, and other public safety workers.

Current Georgia law says only the first responder's spouse or children can receive a lump sum payment of $100,000 for their death. The new bill would include parents or siblings.

"It's something we think is deserving to all our members," said Albany Fire Department Chief James Carswell. "Obviously they made the ultimate sacrifice, losing their life in the line of duty. And this little token from the state is something that goes a long way toward helping the families heal."

The proposal is named the Jarrett Little Act in memory of a 23-year-old single Walker County volunteer firefighter killed in 2009 when the fire truck he was driving overturned.

 

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