An Atlanta city council member is fighting to protect first responders who get hurt while choosing to respond to emergencies while off-duty.
Earlier this month, Atlanta News First highlighted how long-time Atlanta firefighter and paramedic, Lieutenant Mark Quick, witnessed a car crash in January while off duty and stopped to help, but he was hit by a car in the process. Quick said the next thing he remembered was waking up in ICU at Grady Memorial Hospital with severe injuries all over his body.
But Quick is not getting any workers’ compensation or extended pay leave and it’s all because he was not on duty at the time of the incident.
After working with the Atlanta Firefighters Association and seeing our report, District 10 Council member Andrea L. Boone on Monday introduced legislation aimed at protecting first responders who are hurt while choosing to respond to an emergency while off-duty.