Measure Would Authorize State Contribution to Defray Funeral Costs
TRENTON – Legislation sponsored by Senators Donald Norcross (D-Camden/Gloucester) and Fred H. 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 full Assembly. The bill now goes to the desk of the governor.
“This is a small token for the families of first responders who have paid the ultimate price in service to this state and to their communities,” said Senator Norcross. “Public safety officials take a pledge to put their lives on the line protecting others. It is only right that we make this promise to protect their families in the face of such terrible tragedy.”
“The families of public safety officers give so much so that residents across New Jersey are protected,” said Senator Madden. “There is no way to ever fully repay them for their sacrifice, but we can show our support as a state by providing assistance to them in their greatest time of need. Making this contribution is a small way that we can show our gratitude to the families of these fallen officers for their loved one’s service and for their own sacrifice.”
The bill (S-512) would authorize the state Treasurer to reimburse the family of police officers, firefighters, first aid, ambulance, rescue squad members, sheriff’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 worker’s compensation.
The Senate approved the measure by a vote of 39-0. The Assembly approved it 79-0.