By Alida Donnelly, WVNSTV:
Fighting fires is a dangerous occupation on its own, but the danger can linger long after the flames are out. Cancer can prove to be the deadly consequence to a career of service.
“Cancer in the fire service is becoming very prevalent, ” Rick Fisher, President of Beckley Firefighters Association, said.
It’s a reality many firefighters were forced to live with, but Senate Bill 82, which was signed into law by Governor Jim Justice earlier this month could change a lot of lives. It’s designed to make sure firefighters have benefits while they battle cancer and, take care of their families in case they lose that fight.
“It’s kind of like an insurance policy. You know, you have car insurance but you hope you never get into a wreck. You know, it’s just another benefit to us because the job of firefighting is dangerous, not only in the activities we do, but what we are exposed to, ” Fisher added.
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