Politicians want feds to help first responder families

At a NYC news conference on Sunday, Senator Gillibrand and Rep. King asked Congress to pass legislation to reduce the time that families of police officers, EMS workers and firefighters killed in the line of duty must wait for benefits reported Laura Figueroa in Newsday.

The federal Public Safety Officers’ Benefit Program often forces families of the fallen to wait on average a year for compensation.

‘“Our public safety officers know that death or serious injury is a real risk in their jobs, but they show up to work anyway, ready to help, and willing to sacrifice,” said Gillibrand, who sponsored the measure along with five other senators. “When tragedy does strike, we should make it as easy as possible for their families to get the compensation they deserve and need.”’

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