Fitzpatrick Receives Legislative Recognition Award from American Ambulance Association
WASHINGTON, DC. – Today, Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick was honored with the Legislative Recognition Award by representatives from the American Ambulance Association for his dedication to issues of importance for ambulance service providers in Pennsylvania's 8th Congressional District and across the country.
Most notably, Congressman Fitzpatrick has been the primary advocate in the House of Representatives for reform of the Public Safety Officer Benefits program to close a loophole that was denying some emergency service personnel death and disability benefits. Current federal law limits these benefits only to emergency service personnel employed by governmental units and was not taking in to account those employees of non-profit organizations contracted to provide emergency services to the public.
These reforms being championed by Fitzpatrick are inspired by Danny McIntosh, a Bensalem EMT, volunteer firefighter for the Point Pleasant Fire Company, a member of the Nottingham Fire Department, and a Medic for the Bucks County Southern SWAT Team and the Bucks County Hazardous Material SWAT Team. McIntosh suffered a heart attack during a 911 response call in March of 2010 and passed away a short time later.
"I am proud to receive this award today from the National Ambulance Association," said Fitzpatrick. "My work to reform the Public Safety Officer Benefit program is vitally important not only to the first responders and EMTs but also to their families. I look forward to working with the American Ambulance Association to promote this and other legislative priorities of our first responders who are working daily to keep our communities safe places to live, work and raise a family."