Bill supporting first responders with PTSD excludes EMTs, petition to add EMT to bill created

Connecticut

A bill to support police and firefighters suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder is working its way through the state legislature, but many are upset that the plan leaves out another at-risk group of first responders: EMTs.

The latest proposal would provide up to one year of workers’ compensation coverage made available only to police officers, professional and volunteer firefighters, and parole officers. 

Related: Municipalities, unions reach compromise on PTSD benefits

“We all respond to the same calls. We deal with the same tragedes, the same trauma”, said Louis Bronson, a paramedic from Bridgeport. “A lot of these situations, especially a traumatic situation, there’s a part of us that goes into that as well.”

Emergency services was included in the original bill.

A petition with thousands of signatures is going around online to add EMS to the list.

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