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Rep. West, House Dems honor first responders on anniversary of 9/11

September 11, 2020
Thomas West News

COLUMBUS –State Rep. Thomas West (D-Canton) today issued a statement on the 19th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States.

“Today, we remember and hold close the memories of those who lost their lives, as well as the bravery of those first responders who selflessly put their own lives on the line,” said Rep. West. “We must continue to honor their service and sacrifice by passing legislation that provides them with the compensation and benefits they deserve, particularly during this pandemic. They are essential, and we, as a society, must treat them as such.”

House Democrats have long prioritized bills that would help support first responders. In February 2020, Democrats celebrated the House passage of a measure that would allow first responders diagnosed with work-related PTSD to qualify for BWC compensation and benefits, something Democrats have fought for in recent General Assemblies.

This May, in response to the global pandemic, Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) introduced House Bill (HB) 605 to give front line workers, including peace officers, fire fighters and emergency medical workers, access to workers’ compensation if they contract COVID-19 while on the job.