Lawmakers Seek Benefits for Disabled 9/11 Paramedics - @ JEMS.com


Lawmakers Seek Benefits for Disabled 9/11 Paramedics


 
 

Tom Wrobleski | | Monday, January 7, 2008


NEW YORK -- New York congressional lawmakers are again banging the drum so some disabled private-hospital paramedics who responded to the World Trade Center attacks can receive federal benefits.

GOP Reps. Vito Fossella and Peter King and Democratic Reps. Carolyn Maloney, Anthony Weiner and Jerrold Nadler wrote a letter to Attorney General Robert Mukasey, urging him to grant the paramedics benefits under the Public Safety Officer's Benefits program.

The five paramedics are permanently disabled as a direct result of their work on 9/11, the lawmakers said, and submitted applications for benefits more than a year ago.

"These heroes put their own safety and lives on the line to save others on 9/11," said Fossella (R-Staten Island/Brooklyn). "There is no reason that their cases should remain in limbo more than a year after they submitted applications."

The lawmakers initially wrote to then-Attorney General Alberto Gonzalez about the issue but saw no action, despite their continued lobbying and a pledge from Gonzalez that his office would look into the matter.

During that time, however, the Justice Department posthumously awarded a Public Safety Officer's Benefits program survivor death benefit to the family of a private hospital paramedic who died responding to the attacks, the lawmakers said. It is also believed that at least two other paramedics who lost their lives on 9/11 were posthumously awarded the benefits, they said.

Additionally, the state of New York enacted a law last year granting private hospital paramedics the same benefits as municipal first responders.

"These unsung heroes should have their cases resolved without delay," Fossella said.

"These brave first responders put themselves in terrible danger so that they might save the lives of others," Nadler (D-Manhattan) said. "To withhold benefits from the heroes of 9/11 is a shameful slap in the face."

Tom Wrobleski may be reached at wrobleski@siadvance.com Read his polit.bureau blog at http://www.silive.com/newslogs/politics/.


Connect: Have a thought or feedback about this? Add your comment now
Related Topics: Industry News, Legal and Ethical, Operations and Protcols, Training

What's Your Take? Comment Now ...

Buyer's Guide Featured Companies

Featured Careers & Jobs in EMS

Get JEMS in Your Inbox

 

Fire EMS Blogs


Blogger Browser

Today's Featured Posts

 

EMS Airway Clinic

Innovation & Advancement

This is the seventh year of the EMS 10 Innovators in EMS program, jointly sponsored by Physio-Control and JEMS.
More >

Multimedia Thumb

Salt Lake City Firefighters Injured in Firehouse Fire

Nine sent to a hospital with smoke inhalation.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Pennsylvania Paramedic Killed in the Line of Duty

West End Ambulance medic killed at accident scene.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Wesleyan Students Hospitalized for Overdose

11 students transported to local hospitals.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Rigs Going in Service from EMS Today 2015

Snap shots of some of the vehicles at EMS Today that will be on the streets soon
More >


Multimedia Thumb

Florida Hospital Fire

Fire halts construction project at Tampa cancer center.
More >


Multimedia Thumb

LMA MAD Nasal™

Needle-free intranasal drug delivery.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

Braun Ambulances' EZ Door Forward

Helps to create a safer ambulance module.
Watch It >


Multimedia Thumb

The AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher Conversion Kit - EMS Today 2013

AmbuBus®, Bus Stretcher all-hazards preparedness & response tool
Watch It >


More Product Videos >