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Firefighters to Cuomo: "We didn't volunteer to get cancer"

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Posted at 11:35 AM, Sep 19, 2017
and last updated 2017-09-19 12:41:00-04

"We didn't volunteer to get cancer."

Local firefighters and NYS legislators call on Governor Cuomo to sign a bill providing cancer coverage for volunteer firefighters diagnosed with certain types of cancer. 

This is a benefit that paid firefighters already have. But fire service leaders say "much of Western New York is protected by the volunteer service."

 Here are the bill's provisions:

  • A lump sum of $25,000 for any qualifying volunteer firefighter that contracts melanoma, as well as cancers of the digestive, hematological, lymphatic, urinary, prostate, neurological, breast, and reproductive systems.
  • Thirty-six months of disability benefits (at $1,500 per month) in the event the volunteer firefighter is unable to work due to their illness.
  • A $50,000 death benefit for a volunteer firefighter’s family in the event should they succumb to cancer.

Officials say the bill unanimously passed both chambers of the state legislation earlier this year.