Being a firefighter or EMT isn't a glamorous job, and there aren't too many benefits...including one that is most important for families. Right now there are no death benefits for West Virginia's firefighters or paramedics. That may soon change.
On Tuesday, one firefighter and one EMT were killed in the explosion in Ghent. Right now, neither of their families will receive financial help from the state. But a new bill would give families 50-thousand dollars should their loved one be killed in the line of duty.
As one family member of an emergency responder says, “Every time those trucks leave, I worry. You can't not worry.”
The bill has been referred to the senate finance committee. From there it would move on to the full senate.