Zorn supports funding for firefighter cancer treatment

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Sen. Dale Zorn

Sen. Dale Zorn

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate approved supplemental funding of $1 million to cover the treatment for firefighters with certain cancers, said Sen. Dale Zorn.

“Our firefighters rush into danger to save the lives of Michigan families — often without regard for their own lives or their health,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “We owe it to all our selfless and courageous firefighters to be there when they need help. I strongly supported creating this special fund to help firefighters fighting cancer.

“I am pleased to see the Senate come together in a bipartisan manner to provide this funding this year, and I look forward to including additional funds for next year as part of the ongoing budget process.”

Zorn supported legislation in 2014 to create the First Responder Presumed Coverage Fund. The law was signed in early 2015 to assist firefighters dealing with specific types of cancer that is presumed to be linked to exposure to carcinogens as part of their job.

Senate Bill 802, as amended and approved by the Senate, would appropriate $1 million into the fund for the current 2016 fiscal year.

Zorn is a co-sponsor of separate bipartisan legislation, sponsored by Sen. Curtis Hertel, Jr., D-East Lansing, which would allocate $3 million into the fund.

SB 802 now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.