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Legislative Call to Action

JEMS encourages its readers to contact their congressional representatives to support legislation that would extend Public Safety Officer Benefits to volunteer, hospital-based and non-profit„EMS workers. Congressman Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) introduced HR 3822 in October. Congressman J.D. Hayworth (R-Ariz.) proposed a similar amendment in 2003 in response to the eight non-government„EMS personnel killed on 9/11. That bill didn_t make it out of committee. More than 20 ambulance and„EMS organizations, including the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians (NAEMT) and the American Ambulance Association, endorse the legislation.