COLUMBUS –State Rep. Michele Lepore-Hagan (D-Youngstown) today issued a statement on the 19th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States.
“On the anniversary of September 11, I’m reminded of the tragic loss of life and profound sacrifices made by first responders in the performance of their jobs. The compounding impact to their bodies and mental health are why we should respond to their needs like they respond to ours. Protecting and expanding benefits for these essential workers is so important,” said Rep. Lepore-Hagan.
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.