Benefits Bill Passed to Aid Families of Fallen Firefighters

CHARLESTON– The West Virginia Legislature has passed a bill involving death benefits for firefighters killed in the line of duty.

The bill passed the House of Delegates 93-0 and the state Senate 29-0 during a special session Monday.

It makes an increase in death benefits retroactive to Jan. 1 to help the families of two volunteer firefighters from Pratt. The firefighters were killed and three others were injured in an accident while responding to a fatal crash that killed three people March 24 on the West Virginia Turnpike.

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