During a late evening session of the State House of Representatives, Shelton legislators Ben McGorty (R-122) and Jason Perillo (R-113) voted in favor of a bill they are co sponsoring which will create a Firefighter’s Cancer Relief Fund. The fund would be created by the diversion of $0.01 from the current e911 fee on phone bills, and will be used exclusively for the purpose of providing wage replacement benefits for eligible paid and volunteer firefighter cancer victims, and to cover associated administrative costs. The fund is expected to generate $400,000 per year.
“Firefighters are on the front lines day and night protecting the lives of those in their communities,” said Rep. McGorty, who has served for thirty-six years in the fire service, is a Deputy Fire Marshal for the City of Shelton and serves on Shelton’s Board of Fire Commissioners.
He added, “the carcinogens and harmful chemicals that fill the smoke of a burning building and its contents are incredibly harmful, and even the best breathing apparatus available to firefighters can only do so much. This is an important measure that helps firefighters and will be run by firefighters.”