Firefighters’ Cancer Death Benefits Bill becomes law

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – On Tuesday, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes filed and recorded legislation that will expand benefits for Kentucky firefighters. Senate Bill 195 allows the families of fallen firefighters who battled cancer to be entitled to a line-of-duty death benefit. The General Assembly unanimously approved the legislation and it became law without the governor’s signature.

Senate Bill 195 allows firefighters who die as the result of certain kinds of cancer to be eligible for a lump sum death benefit. The bill covers 12 types of cancer. Criteria for eligibility include having served more than 5 years as a firefighter and having not use tobacco products for more than 10 years prior to diagnosis.

Volunteer and professional firefighters from around Kentucky – many of whom are currently fighting cancer, including Lexington firefighter Matt Logsdon, joined Grimes for the ceremony.

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