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Ky. House passes bill giving death benefits to families of EMS personnel killed in the line of duty

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Paramedic John Mackey died Nov. 9 from injuries he received when he was struck by a car on Nov. 5. Paramedic John Mackey died Nov. 9 from injuries he received when he was struck by a car on Nov. 5.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Kentucky House passed a bill Friday that would give families of paramedics and other emergency service personnel killed in the line of duty the same $80,000 state death benefit currently provided to families of fallen police and firefighters, according to a news release from the Kentucky Legislature.

Rep. Dean Schamore, D-Hardinsburg, sponsored House Bill 54 after Jessamine County paramedic John Mackey died last November. The 40-year-old was killed after he was hit by a car while on ambulance duty.

"Families of paramedics, emergency medical technicians, ambulance and rescue squad members and local emergency management employees killed on the job on or after June 30, 2015, would be eligible to receive the $80,000 benefit under HB 54," the news release states. "Free tuition and fees to any state college, university or vocational training school would also be made available under the bill to the spouse or children of emergency service workers killed or disabled while on duty."

Mackey's family was in attendance for the 95-0 House vote. The vote now goes to the Kentucky Senate for consideration.

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