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    NVFC News Alert

    Congress Passes Legislation to Cover Heart Attacks Under PSOB

    WASHINGTON, DC -- On November 25, the Senate gave final approval to the Hometown Heroes Survivor Benefits Act (S. 459 / H.R. 919), which will expand the Public Safety Officers Benefit (PSOB) program to cover public safety officers who die of heart attacks or strokes in the line of duty. The legislation, which gained House approval on November 22, now heads to the White House for the President to sign into law.

    "This is a huge victory for public safety officers nationwide," said NVFC Chairman Philip C. Stittleburg. "The fire service owes its utmost gratitude to the bipartisan group of Senators and Representatives that worked so hard to ensure this bill's passage."

    The legislation was originally introduced in the House by Rep. Bob Etheridge (D-NC), along with Representatives Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Michael Oxley (R-OH), and Curt Weldon (R-PA). In the Senate the effort was spearheaded by Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), along with Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jim Jeffords (I-VT).

    Rep. Howard Coble (R-NC), Chairman of the House Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security, and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Chairmen of the Senate and House Judiciary Committees respectively, also played critical roles in moving the bill through the process.

    The PSOB program currently provides a one-time death benefit payment of $267,494, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Justice, to families of public safety officers (fire, police and EMS) killed in the line of duty, as well as to officers permanently disabled while on duty. The death benefit is payable to the survivors of a public safety officer who "has died as the direct and proximate result of a personal injury sustained in the line of duty.

    Unfortunately, in almost every incidence of death by heart attack or stroke, it has been ruled that the heart attack or stroke was not a direct result of an injury sustained in the line of duty and the family receives no benefits even though the deaths were clearly triggered by the rigors of the job.

    The Hometown Heroes Survivor Benefit Act will correct that deficiency in the law, by ensuring that a public safety officer who suffers a fatal heart attack or stroke while on duty or not later than 24 hours after participating in a physical training exercise or responding to an emergency situation, is presumed to have died in the line of duty for purposes of public safety officer survivor benefits.

    According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 37 firefighters died from heart attacks in the line of duty in 2002.

    "There is nothing more important to the NVFC than ensuring the families of our firefighters that they will receive proper benefits should their loved ones fall while serving their communities," Stittleburg added. "Nearly half of all firefighter fatalities, though clearly caused by the rigors of the job, are not covered because they were heart-related."

    Passage of this legislation has been a top priority for the NVFC in the 108th Congress.

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    This, IMHO, is good legislation. Although many of the heart attack deaths on duty are, at least in part, caused by poor lifestyle choice, the fact of the matter is that the fire fighter was placed into a stressful situation by the call to duty. His family should not be penalized because the fire fighter did not suffer a traumatic death. The death is just as much of a tragedy.

    There is this caveat in the legislation to be aware of:

    `(3) such presumption is not overcome by competent medical evidence to the contrary.
    It is also interesting to note the bipartisan support this bill had. I have emailed the CFSI to find out if there was a roll call voteon this bill in either house. It would be fun to find out who are real friends are.


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    While the record of the vote in the senate and house are not yet available, I did find that 281 out of 435 House Reps co-sponsored this bill. When 64% of the house sponsors a bill, it usually passes. They are:


    Rep Abercrombie, Neil - 5/14/2003 [HI-1] Rep Acevedo-Vila, Anibal - 2/26/2003 [PR]
    Rep Ackerman, Gary L. - 2/26/2003 [NY-5] Rep Alexander, Rodney - 5/15/2003 [LA-5]
    Rep Allen, Thomas H. - 2/26/2003 [ME-1] Rep Andrews, Robert E. - 5/14/2003 [NJ-1]
    Rep Baca, Joe - 5/13/2003 [CA-43] Rep Baird, Brian - 3/6/2003 [WA-3]
    Rep Baker, Richard H. - 4/3/2003 [LA-6] Rep Baldwin, Tammy - 2/26/2003 [WI-2]
    Rep Ballance, Frank W., Jr. - 2/26/2003 [NC-1] Rep Ballenger, Cass - 9/25/2003 [NC-10]
    Rep Beauprez, Bob - 3/20/2003 [CO-7] Rep Becerra, Xavier - 5/14/2003 [CA-31]
    Rep Bell, Chris - 2/26/2003 [TX-25] Rep Berkley, Shelley - 5/14/2003 [NV-1]
    Rep Berman, Howard L. - 4/29/2003 [CA-28] Rep Berry, Marion - 3/25/2003 [AR-1]
    Rep Bishop, Sanford D., Jr. - 4/3/2003 [GA-2] Rep Bishop, Timothy H. - 3/25/2003 [NY-1]
    Rep Blackburn, Marsha - 6/23/2003 [TN-7] Rep Blumenauer, Earl - 5/15/2003 [OR-3]
    Rep Boehlert, Sherwood L. - 5/22/2003 [NY-24] Rep Boozman, John - 6/5/2003 [AR-3]
    Rep Bordallo, Madeleine Z. - 11/6/2003 [GU] Rep Boswell, Leonard L. - 2/26/2003 [IA-3]
    Rep Boucher, Rick - 5/14/2003 [VA-9] Rep Boyd, Allen - 5/19/2003 [FL-2]
    Rep Bradley, Jeb - 9/9/2003 [NH-1] Rep Brady, Kevin - 5/22/2003 [TX-8]
    Rep Brady, Robert - 5/22/2003 [PA-1] Rep Brown, Corrine - 2/27/2003 [FL-3]
    Rep Brown, Henry E., Jr. - 4/30/2003 [SC-1] Rep Brown, Sherrod - 4/10/2003 [OH-13]
    Rep Brown-Waite, Ginny - 3/6/2003 [FL-5] Rep Burgess, Michael C. - 6/3/2003 [TX-26]
    Rep Burns, Max - 5/22/2003 [GA-12] Rep Burr, Richard - 6/3/2003 [NC-5]
    Rep Camp, Dave - 5/13/2003 [MI-4] Rep Capps, Lois - 4/29/2003 [CA-23]
    Rep Capuano, Michael E. - 5/15/2003 [MA-8] Rep Cardin, Benjamin L. - 5/13/2003 [MD-3]
    Rep Cardoza, Dennis A. - 5/19/2003 [CA-18] Rep Carson, Brad - 3/20/2003 [OK-2]
    Rep Carson, Julia - 2/26/2003 [IN-7] Rep Carter, John R. - 7/8/2003 [TX-31]
    Rep Case, Ed - 5/21/2003 [HI-2] Rep Christensen, Donna M. - 3/27/2003 [VI]
    Rep Clay, Wm. Lacy - 5/14/2003 [MO-1] Rep Clyburn, James E. - 5/19/2003 [SC-6]
    Rep Coble, Howard - 4/29/2003 [NC-6] Rep Cole, Tom - 4/29/2003 [OK-4]
    Rep Conyers, John, Jr. - 2/27/2003 [MI-14] Rep Cooper, Jim - 5/14/2003 [TN-5]
    Rep Costello, Jerry F. - 5/14/2003 [IL-12] Rep Cramer, Robert E. (Bud), Jr. - 5/15/2003 [AL-5]
    Rep Crane, Philip M. - 2/26/2003 [IL-8] Rep Crowley, Joseph - 3/5/2003 [NY-7]
    Rep Cummings, Elijah E. - 5/6/2003 [MD-7] Rep Cunningham, Randy (Duke) - 6/3/2003 [CA-50]
    Rep Davis, Artur - 5/19/2003 [AL-7] Rep Davis, Danny K. - 5/13/2003 [IL-7]
    Rep Davis, Jim - 5/14/2003 [FL-11] Rep Davis, Jo Ann - 5/1/2003 [VA-1]
    Rep Davis, Lincoln - 5/14/2003 [TN-4] Rep Davis, Susan A. - 5/14/2003 [CA-53]
    Rep DeFazio, Peter A. - 2/26/2003 [OR-4] Rep DeGette, Diana - 5/14/2003 [CO-1]
    Rep Delahunt, William D. - 5/13/2003 [MA-10] Rep DeLauro, Rosa L. - 2/27/2003 [CT-3]
    Rep Deutsch, Peter - 2/26/2003 [FL-20] Rep Dicks, Norman D. - 5/14/2003 [WA-6]
    Rep Dingell, John D. - 5/22/2003 [MI-15] Rep Doggett, Lloyd - 2/27/2003 [TX-10]
    Rep Dooley, Calvin M. - 10/2/2003 [CA-20] Rep Doyle, Michael F. - 3/27/2003 [PA-14]
    Rep Edwards, Chet - 3/5/2003 [TX-11] Rep Emanuel, Rahm - 2/26/2003 [IL-5]
    Rep Engel, Eliot L. - 5/15/2003 [NY-17] Rep Eshoo, Anna G. - 5/19/2003 [CA-14]
    Rep Evans, Lane - 5/20/2003 [IL-17] Rep Faleomavaega, Eni F. H. - 5/9/2003 [AS]
    Rep Farr, Sam - 5/13/2003 [CA-17] Rep Fattah, Chaka - 5/15/2003 [PA-2]
    Rep Ferguson, Mike - 7/8/2003 [NJ-7] Rep Filner, Bob - 5/15/2003 [CA-51]
    Rep Ford, Harold E., Jr. - 5/13/2003 [TN-9] Rep Fossella, Vito - 6/12/2003 [NY-13]
    Rep Frank, Barney - 2/26/2003 [MA-4] Rep Frost, Martin - 2/26/2003 [TX-24]
    Rep Garrett, Scott - 3/4/2003 [NJ-5] Rep Gephardt, Richard A. - 9/9/2003 [MO-3]
    Rep Gerlach, Jim - 6/3/2003 [PA-6] Rep Gilchrest, Wayne T. - 6/18/2003 [MD-1]
    Rep Gonzalez, Charles A. - 5/6/2003 [TX-20] Rep Goode, Virgil H., Jr. - 5/15/2003 [VA-5]
    Rep Gordon, Bart - 3/4/2003 [TN-6] Rep Green, Gene - 2/26/2003 [TX-29]
    Rep Grijalva, Raul M. - 3/11/2003 [AZ-7] Rep Gutierrez, Luis V. - 5/14/2003 [IL-4]
    Rep Hall, Ralph M. - 5/21/2003 [TX-4] Rep Harman, Jane - 5/19/2003 [CA-36]
    Rep Harris, Katherine - 7/22/2003 [FL-13] Rep Hart, Melissa A. - 3/25/2003 [PA-4]
    Rep Hastings, Alcee L. - 3/4/2003 [FL-23] Rep Hayes, Robin - 3/20/2003 [NC-8]
    Rep Hefley, Joel - 9/9/2003 [CO-5] Rep Hill, Baron P. - 5/15/2003 [IN-9]
    Rep Hinchey, Maurice D. - 2/26/2003 [NY-22] Rep Hinojosa, Ruben - 5/14/2003 [TX-15]
    Rep Hoeffel, Joseph M. - 5/9/2003 [PA-13] Rep Holden, Tim - 2/27/2003 [PA-17]
    Rep Holt, Rush D. - 5/14/2003 [NJ-12] Rep Honda, Michael M. - 5/14/2003 [CA-15]
    Rep Hooley, Darlene - 2/26/2003 [OR-5] Rep Houghton, Amo - 9/25/2003 [NY-29]
    Rep Hoyer, Steny H. - 2/26/2003 [MD-5] Rep Inslee, Jay - 4/3/2003 [WA-1]
    Rep Isakson, Johnny - 5/19/2003 [GA-6] Rep Israel, Steve - 3/6/2003 [NY-2]
    Rep Jackson, Jesse L., Jr. - 3/27/2003 [IL-2] Rep Jackson-Lee, Sheila - 2/27/2003 [TX-18]
    Rep Jefferson, William J. - 2/26/2003 [LA-2] Rep John, Christopher - 5/14/2003 [LA-7]
    Rep Johnson, Eddie Bernice - 5/15/2003 [TX-30] Rep Johnson, Timothy V. - 6/12/2003 [IL-15]
    Rep Jones, Stephanie Tubbs - 5/15/2003 [OH-11] Rep Kanjorski, Paul E. - 5/20/2003 [PA-11]
    Rep Kaptur, Marcy - 2/26/2003 [OH-9] Rep Kelly, Sue W. - 3/11/2003 [NY-19]
    Rep Kennedy, Patrick J. - 3/11/2003 [RI-1] Rep Kildee, Dale E. - 3/4/2003 [MI-5]
    Rep Kilpatrick, Carolyn C. - 2/26/2003 [MI-13] Rep Kind, Ron - 2/26/2003 [WI-3]
    Rep King, Peter T. - 3/4/2003 [NY-3] Rep Kleczka, Gerald D. - 5/20/2003 [WI-4]
    Rep Kline, John - 6/16/2003 [MN-2] Rep Kucinich, Dennis J. - 5/15/2003 [OH-10]
    Rep LaHood, Ray - 6/18/2003 [IL-18] Rep Lampson, Nick - 2/26/2003 [TX-9]
    Rep Langevin, James R. - 4/3/2003 [RI-2] Rep Lantos, Tom - 5/19/2003 [CA-12]
    Rep Larsen, Rick - 3/20/2003 [WA-2] Rep Larson, John B. - 4/29/2003 [CT-1]
    Rep Latham, Tom - 5/15/2003 [IA-4] Rep LaTourette, Steve C. - 3/27/2003 [OH-14]
    Rep Lee, Barbara - 5/13/2003 [CA-9] Rep Levin, Sander M. - 5/20/2003 [MI-12]
    Rep Lewis, John - 5/13/2003 [GA-5] Rep Lewis, Ron - 9/9/2003 [KY-2]
    Rep Lipinski, William O. - 5/15/2003 [IL-3] Rep LoBiondo, Frank A. - 2/26/2003 [NJ-2]
    Rep Lofgren, Zoe - 3/18/2003 [CA-16] Rep Lowey, Nita M. - 3/25/2003 [NY-18]
    Rep Lucas, Ken - 2/26/2003 [KY-4] Rep Lynch, Stephen F. - 5/15/2003 [MA-9]
    Rep Majette, Denise L. - 5/14/2003 [GA-4] Rep Maloney, Carolyn B. - 2/26/2003 [NY-14]
    Rep Markey, Edward J. - 2/26/2003 [MA-7] Rep Marshall, Jim - 5/19/2003 [GA-3]
    Rep Matheson, Jim - 3/4/2003 [UT-2] Rep Matsui, Robert T. - 5/1/2003 [CA-5]
    Rep McCarthy, Carolyn - 2/26/2003 [NY-4] Rep McCarthy, Karen - 3/4/2003 [MO-5]
    Rep McCollum, Betty - 3/18/2003 [MN-4] Rep McCotter, Thaddeus G. - 11/18/2003 [MI-11]
    Rep McDermott, Jim - 4/10/2003 [WA-7] Rep McGovern, James P. - 3/13/2003 [MA-3]
    Rep McHugh, John M. - 2/26/2003 [NY-23] Rep McIntyre, Mike - 2/26/2003 [NC-7]
    Rep McNulty, Michael R. - 2/26/2003 [NY-21] Rep Meehan, Martin T. - 5/14/2003 [MA-5]
    Rep Meek, Kendrick B. - 5/15/2003 [FL-17] Rep Meeks, Gregory W. - 5/14/2003 [NY-6]
    Rep Menendez, Robert - 5/13/2003 [NJ-13] Rep Michaud, Michael H. - 5/14/2003 [ME-2]
    Rep Millender-McDonald, Juanita - 5/14/2003 [CA-37] Rep Miller, Brad - 2/26/2003 [NC-13]
    Rep Miller, Candice S. - 6/16/2003 [MI-10] Rep Miller, George - 3/13/2003 [CA-7]
    Rep Mollohan, Alan B. - 5/15/2003 [WV-1] Rep Moore, Dennis - 5/13/2003 [KS-3]
    Rep Moran, James P. - 4/10/2003 [VA-8] Rep Murphy, Tim - 7/16/2003 [PA-18]
    Rep Murtha, John P. - 5/22/2003 [PA-12] Rep Myrick, Sue - 4/30/2003 [NC-9]
    Rep Nadler, Jerrold - 5/15/2003 [NY-8] Rep Napolitano, Grace F. - 3/5/2003 [CA-38]
    Rep Neal, Richard E. - 3/20/2003 [MA-2] Rep Nethercutt, George R., Jr. - 5/19/2003 [WA-5]
    Rep Neugebauer, Randy - 10/16/2003 [TX-19] Rep Ney, Robert W. - 5/9/2003 [OH-18]
    Rep Norton, Eleanor Holmes - 2/26/2003 [DC] Rep Oberstar, James L. - 5/14/2003 [MN-8]
    Rep Olver, John W. - 2/27/2003 [MA-1] Rep Ortiz, Solomon P. - 5/15/2003 [TX-27]
    Rep Owens, Major R. - 3/4/2003 [NY-11] Rep Oxley, Michael G. - 2/26/2003 [OH-4]
    Rep Pallone, Frank, Jr. - 2/26/2003 [NJ-6] Rep Pascrell, Bill, Jr. - 2/27/2003 [NJ-8]
    Rep Pastor, Ed - 5/14/2003 [AZ-4] Rep Payne, Donald M. - 5/19/2003 [NJ-10]
    Rep Pelosi, Nancy - 5/21/2003 [CA-8] Rep Peterson, Collin C. - 5/14/2003 [MN-7]
    Rep Petri, Thomas E. - 6/24/2003 [WI-6] Rep Platts, Todd Russell - 3/27/2003 [PA-19]
    Rep Pomeroy, Earl - 4/30/2003 [ND] Rep Price, David E. - 2/26/2003 [NC-4]
    Rep Quinn, Jack - 2/26/2003 [NY-27] Rep Rahall, Nick J., II - 3/20/2003 [WV-3]
    Rep Ramstad, Jim - 5/1/2003 [MN-3] Rep Rangel, Charles B. - 3/25/2003 [NY-15]
    Rep Rehberg, Dennis R. - 11/18/2003 [MT] Rep Reyes, Silvestre - 4/29/2003 [TX-16]
    Rep Reynolds, Thomas M. - 7/16/2003 [NY-26] Rep Rodriguez, Ciro - 5/14/2003 [TX-28]
    Rep Ros-Lehtinen, Ileana - 5/9/2003 [FL-18] Rep Ross, Mike - 3/18/2003 [AR-4]
    Rep Rothman, Steve R. - 3/4/2003 [NJ-9] Rep Roybal-Allard, Lucille - 5/14/2003 [CA-34]
    Rep Royce, Edward R. - 3/25/2003 [CA-40] Rep Ruppersberger, C. A. Dutch - 3/11/2003 [MD-2]
    Rep Rush, Bobby L. - 5/14/2003 [IL-1] Rep Ryan, Timothy J. - 3/11/2003 [OH-17]
    Rep Sabo, Martin Olav - 5/20/2003 [MN-5] Rep Sanchez, Linda T. - 4/29/2003 [CA-39]
    Rep Sanchez, Loretta - 5/15/2003 [CA-47] Rep Sanders, Bernard - 5/15/2003 [VT]
    Rep Sandlin, Max - 2/26/2003 [TX-1] Rep Saxton, Jim - 7/24/2003 [NJ-3]
    Rep Schakowsky, Janice D. - 3/5/2003 [IL-9] Rep Schiff, Adam B. - 3/4/2003 [CA-29]
    Rep Scott, David - 5/14/2003 [GA-13] Rep Scott, Robert C. - 5/14/2003 [VA-3]
    Rep Serrano, Jose E. - 2/26/2003 [NY-16] Rep Shaw, E. Clay, Jr. - 6/26/2003 [FL-22]
    Rep Sherman, Brad - 3/4/2003 [CA-27] Rep Shimkus, John - 2/26/2003 [IL-19]
    Rep Simmons, Rob - 2/27/2003 [CT-2] Rep Skelton, Ike - 5/19/2003 [MO-4]
    Rep Slaughter, Louise McIntosh - 5/15/2003 [NY-28] Rep Smith, Adam - 5/14/2003 [WA-9]
    Rep Smith, Nick - 2/26/2003 [MI-7] Rep Snyder, Vic - 5/22/2003 [AR-2]
    Rep Solis, Hilda L. - 5/6/2003 [CA-32] Rep Souder, Mark E. - 3/25/2003 [IN-3]
    Rep Spratt, John M., Jr. - 2/26/2003 [SC-5] Rep Stark, Fortney Pete - 5/15/2003 [CA-13]
    Rep Stenholm, Charles W. - 5/15/2003 [TX-17] Rep Strickland, Ted - 4/10/2003 [OH-6]
    Rep Stupak, Bart - 3/13/2003 [MI-1] Rep Sweeney, John E. - 10/2/2003 [NY-20]
    Rep Tanner, John S. - 5/13/2003 [TN-8] Rep Tauscher, Ellen O. - 5/19/2003 [CA-10]
    Rep Taylor, Gene - 5/20/2003 [MS-4] Rep Thompson, Bennie G. - 5/14/2003 [MS-2]
    Rep Thompson, Mike - 5/14/2003 [CA-1] Rep Tierney, John F. - 5/20/2003 [MA-6]
    Rep Towns, Edolphus - 4/30/2003 [NY-10] Rep Turner, Jim - 2/26/2003 [TX-2]
    Rep Udall, Mark - 2/26/2003 [CO-2] Rep Udall, Tom - 5/14/2003 [NM-3]
    Rep Upton, Fred - 3/20/2003 [MI-6] Rep Van Hollen, Chris - 5/14/2003 [MD-8]
    Rep Velazquez, Nydia M. - 5/15/2003 [NY-12] Rep Visclosky, Peter J. - 5/22/2003 [IN-1]
    Rep Walsh, James T. - 2/26/2003 [NY-25] Rep Wamp, Zach - 7/8/2003 [TN-3]
    Rep Waters, Maxine - 5/14/2003 [CA-35] Rep Watson, Diane E. - 2/26/2003 [CA-33]
    Rep Watt, Melvin L. - 2/26/2003 [NC-12] Rep Waxman, Henry A. - 3/11/2003 [CA-30]
    Rep Weiner, Anthony D. - 4/29/2003 [NY-9] Rep Weldon, Curt - 2/26/2003 [PA-7]
    Rep Weldon, Dave - 7/14/2003 [FL-15] Rep Wexler, Robert - 2/26/2003 [FL-19]
    Rep Wilson, Heather - 6/10/2003 [NM-1] Rep Wilson, Joe - 2/26/2003 [SC-2]
    Rep Woolsey, Lynn C. - 5/6/2003 [CA-6] Rep Wu, David - 2/26/2003 [OR-1]
    Rep Wynn, Albert Russell - 5/20/2003 [MD-4]

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    To celebrate, Pork Rinds and Greasy Burgers for everyone!


    It is excellent news! Between this and the changes to worker's compensation coverage to include FF Cancer, it has been a good year for FF's.
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