By TRISH GRABER - February 27, 2012
TRENTON â€“ Legislation sponsored by Senators Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) and Fred Madden (D-Gloucester/Camden) to aid the families of fallen police officers, firefighters, emergency medical responders and correctional officers by providing assistance to help cover funeral costs was approved today by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.
â€śNew Jerseyâ€™s officers and first responders have made it their lifeâ€™s work to protect the residents of the state,â€ť said Senator Norcross. â€śWhen one of these individuals pays the ultimate price while in the line of duty, it is our obligation to show them the respect and honor they deserve. Making a contribution toward the cost of their funeral services is just one way that we can express our gratitude for their unwavering dedication to this state.â€ť
â€śThe family members of our fallen officers, firefighters and emergency medical personnel have given so much so that our residents can be safe. It is only fitting that when we are able to, we give something back to those families,â€ť said Senator Madden. â€śThis contribution is a small way to show our support for all they have done for New Jersey and for the tremendous sacrifice they have made for the residents of our state.â€ť
The bill (S-512) would authorize the state Treasurer to reimburse the family of police officers, firefighters, first aid, ambulance, rescue squad members, sheriffâ€™s officers and correctional officers who are killed in the line of duty for up to $10,000 of funeral expenses. The reimbursement would be reduced by any amount payable for funeral costs from workerâ€™s compensation.
The committee approved the measure by a vote of 12-0. It now heads to the full Senate for a vote.