New Jersey’s 9/11 first responders will get stronger protections under new laws

New legislation has been signed into New Jersey law to help police officers, firefighters and EMS personnel.

The Thomas P. Canzanella Twenty First Century First Responders Protection Act and the Bill Ricci World Trade Center Rescue, Recovery, and Cleanup Operations Act are now law.

The Bill Ricci law provides disability coverage to police and firefighters who were part of the recovery efforts at the World Trade Center site between September 11, 2001 and October 11, 2001. Bill Ricci was denied coverage because he was off-duty at the time he went to the World Trade Center.

The Thomas P. Canzanella law extends state workers’ compensation protections to first responders and honors Canzanella, who died of World Trade Center-related illness at the age of 50, reports Dustin Racioppi for North Jersey.com.

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