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Rep. Russo, House Dems honor first responders on anniversary of 9/11

September 11, 2020
C. Allison Russo News

COLUMBUS –State Rep. Allison Russo (D-Upper Arlington) today issued a statement on the 19th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States.

“Nineteen years ago today, America suffered one of its darkest days when terrorists killed almost three thousand people and wounded thousands more,” said Rep. Russo.  “Yet, our darkest moment also gave rise to this country’s greatest strengths: unity, service, and resiliency.  We will never forget the individuals and first responders lost that day and the lessons they taught us about bravery and sacrifice.”

House Democrats have long prioritized bills that would help support first responders. In February 2020, Democrats celebrated the House passage of a measure that would allow first responders diagnosed with work-related PTSD to qualify for BWC compensation and benefits, something Democrats have fought for in recent General Assemblies.

This May, in response to the global pandemic, Rep. Brigid Kelly (D-Cincinnati) introduced House Bill (HB) 605 to give front line workers, including peace officers, fire fighters and emergency medical workers, access to workers’ compensation if they contract COVID-19 while on the job.