Families of fallen first responders to be honored at Thanksgiving breakfast

The National Law Enforcement and Firefighters’ Children’s Foundation will host its 17th annual Thanksgiving breakfast for children of firefighters, EMS workers and cops who die in the line of duty this week.

The group, which began after the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, and which focussed on NYC, will rename itself The First Responders Children’s Foundation and extend its work to include firefighters, EMS personnel and law enforcement officers nationwide, reports Larry McShane for the New York Daily News.

The Uniformed Firefighters Association held its annual celebration at the Fire Museum for children of fallen firefighters.

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N.Y. Congress members urge Labor Dept. to accept chronic lymphocytic leukemia as 9/11-linked

At present, chronic lymphocytic leukemia is not acknowledged by the Labor Department as a World Trade Center-linked illness. Now a bipartisan group of New York Congressmembers are trying to change that, reports Ginger Adams Otis in the New York Daily News.

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Bill inspired by Boston Marathon bombing survivors would give terror victims access to military treatment

The Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes Act may soon become law, reports Shira Schoenberg for MassLive.com.

The act would permit victims of terrorist attacks to have access to medical treatment in military hospitals, which have more experience with injuries such as traumatic amputations. At present, civilians can only receive care at military facilities with permission from the Secretary of Defense, at the cost of time and red tape.

Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes both lost legs in the Boston Marathon terrorist bombing and spoke out about the care they received at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.

The Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes Act was part of the National Defense Authorization Act passed by Congress earlier this week Thursday. The bill will not become law unless it is signed into law and is issued funding by the Appropriations Committee.

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