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

September 11, 2020
Casey Weinstein News

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

“19 years ago, I was in a glider at the United States Air Force Academy preparing for my first solo flight when the entire national airspace was shut down. I could not believe my eyes when I saw why,” said Rep. Weinstein. “Today, we remember those who lost their lives in that tragedy, the first responders who gave their all to save others, and my brothers and sisters in uniform who went overseas to defend our freedoms.”

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.