South Carolina firefighters say they need to protect their own, push for cancer bill

  • Source: WBTW-TV CBS 13 Florence
  • Published: 11/06/2019 12:00 AM

VIDEO: A local fire department is fighting for a bill that would offer protections for firefighters with cancer. Midway Fire Rescue is holding a town hall meeting Wednesday to spread awareness of the Presumptive Firefighter Cancer Bill. “We’re trying to make (people) aware and have people call their legislatures and tell them to support this bill,” President of Midway Professional Firefighters Association Justin Lenker said. “We’re one of the last states in North America that doesn’t have cancer presumption.” News13 first reported about this bill when it was introduced earlier this year. It’s made to designate certain cancers as line-of-duty diseases, entitling sick first responders to workers’ compensation. Midway fire is hoping it passes next year. “We want to make headway now,” Lenker said. “So when they’re back in session, we’re ready to rock and roll”


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