Legislation provides death benefits for EMS and Paramedics
Frankfort, KY –House Bill 54, sponsored by Representative Dean Schamore (D-Hardinsburg), passed the Kentucky House of Representatives and now heads to the Senate for consideration. The legislation would give families of paramedics and other emergency service personnel killed in the line of duty the same $80,000 state death benefit now provided to families of fallen police and firefighters.
“Families and children of fallen emergency service personnel deserve the same benefit and respect that we provide for our other first responders,” said Rep. Dean Schamore. “I am proud of the strong bipartisan support for this bill that will make this right for our men and women who put their lives on the line everyday while on the job.”
Families of paramedics, emergency medical technicians, ambulance and rescue squad members and local emergency management employees killed on the job on or after June 30, 2015 would be eligible to receive the $80,000 benefit under HB 54. Free tuition and fees to any state college, university or vocational training school would also be made available under this bill to the spouse or children of emergency service workers killed or disabled while on duty.
Rep. Schamore is an entrepreneur, the founder and owner of Digital Connections Plus located in Hardinsburg in Breckinridge County. He served in the United States Navy and resides in Hardinsburg with his wife and two daughters. Elected in 2014, Rep. Schamore represents House District 10, which includes Breckinridge, Hancock and portions of Hardin County. He serves as Vice Chair of the Veterans, Military, and Public Safety Committee. He also serves on Agriculture and Small Business, Economic Development, the Tourism Development & Energy and the new Advanced Communications & Information Technology committees.