Gov. Rick Scott to sign PTSD Benefits Bill for first responders

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By: Erika Fernandez | WCTV Eyewitness News
March 7, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- The annual Ringing of the Bell Ceremony for Fallen Firefighters took place on Wednesday morning in the Capitol Courtyard for two fallen firefighters in the state of Florida last year.

James Dorminy and Joseph DeMarinis were both killed in the line of duty in 2017. This ceremony recognizes those who give the ultimate sacrifice every year.

Over 190 firefighters' names are etched into the memorial wall. Every one of them put the safety of others before their own. This day serves as a marking for the fallen's last call.

Gov. Rick Scott declared this day Florida Firefighters Appreciation Day and urged the community to thank first responders. Gov. Scott also announced he will sign a PTSD Benefits Bill. It's a continuation of the state's support of first responders and their families. It will ensure those firefighters suffering from PTSD will receive workers’ compensation benefits.

"It's a hidden killer in the profession. This benefit is needed so we ensure our firefighters don't have... their only option, our first responders don't look to suicide as the outlet to sort through the demons they deal with and these horrific images," said Chief Financial Officer, Jimmy Patronis.

The morning wrapped up with the announcement of the recipients of the 2018 Fire Service Awards. Those firefighters are recognized for their outstanding accomplishments to the fire service industry.

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