The Alabama Senate passed House Bill 59 Thursday making it a capital crime to murder a first responder in the state of Alabama.
State Sen. Tom Whatley, R-Auburn, said a police officer in his district was killed in the line of duty on Sunday...
HB59 passed the Senate after a very quick debate. The change in the law, if signed into law, would make it an aggravating circumstance if a murder victim was a law enforcement or correctional officer, first responder or was under 14 years of age.
Murdering a law enforcement officer was already a capital crime. This would add ambulance drivers, firefighters and paramedics to the capital crimes list.
The district attorney is able to seek the death penalty in a capital murder.
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Officials with Birmingham Fire & Rescue say a firefighter was injured while fighting a house fire Thursday afternoon.
Crews were called to a scene located on 66th Street and Division Avenue in Birmingham around 2 p.m.
The unidentified firefighter received minor burns to his hands and was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
No word yet on what started the fire.
WBRC-TV Fox 6 Birmingham
Huntsville Fire and Rescue is seeing a drop in recruits, causing some uncertainty for the department's future.
Deputy Chief Tim Barnack said there isn't one simple answer, but part of the reason is high-paying tech jobs that reduce the applicant pool. To some, it's concerning.
"My kids were in one of them, a matter of fact, and my brother and his family," Terrell Harlin said, explaining Huntsville Fire and Rescue had to help his family members twice, when their houses caught fire.
Harlin saw first-hand what the first responders do for the community, and questions why more people don't apply for the job.
"I don't see why not be a fireman?" Harlin said. "Save somebody's life right here at home."
Deputy Chief Barnack says it's not causing a problem right now.
WAAY-TV ABC 31 Huntsville