The General Court of Massachusetts is about to begin its 2017 session. Bills are being submitted for consideration. Retired Longmeadow MA Fire Chief Eric Madison has asked State Senators Eric Lesser (D-First Hampden and Hampshire) and Ken Donnelly (D-Fourth Middlesex) to support a bill to extent provisions in existing law to include “public safety employee[s] …whose death is self-inflicted … as a result of exposure to a traumatic event…in the course of …active duty service.”
Chief Madison, who is a member of the Western Massachusetts Fire Chief Coalition on Suicide Awareness and Prevention stated he submitted the legislative request and included portions of the information gathered by NFPA staff related to behavioral health and wellness and suicide awareness and prevention http://www.nfpa.org/news-and-research/fire-statistics-and-reports/fire-statistics/the-fire-service/fatalities-and-injuries to support the legislation.
An Act relative to line of duty death benefits:
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
In the One Hundred and Ninetieth General Court (2017-2018)
Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Court assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:
SECTION 1. Section 100A of chapter 32 of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2014 Official Edition, is hereby amended by inserting after the word “death”, in line 12, the following words:- ; provided that, the words “killed in the line of duty” shall include any public safety employee, as defined in this subsection, whose death is self-inflicted and a licensed mental health professional, as defined in section 1 of chapter 123, establishes that the death was the direct result of exposure to a traumatic event or set of events in the course of the employee’s active duty service.