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Ga. firefighters battling with cancer will soon get special assistance

Georgia Firefighter Cancer Benefit Program will help assist firefighters with cancer related expenses. / Photo: Alexandria Ikomoni

A new law will soon go into effect to assist Georgia firefighters battling cancer.

House Bill 146 recently passed for firefighters struggling and dealing with this disease to have some of their expenses paid for by the Georgia Firefighter Cancer Benefit Program.

It’s for all firefighters meaning full time, part time, or volunteers that have been serving for at least 12 months will be covered.

“Firefighters are at a higher risk to get cancer,” Chief Bobby Bennett, Tifton Fire Department, said. “This is just one way to help if you develop that in your career.”

Local government will be the ones to fund the program.

Firefighters will receive up to 60 percent of their salary, but with a maximum earning of $5,000 a month.

More serious stages of cancer will receive $25,000, and less serious stages will receive $6,250. There is a cap of $50,000 in total assistance.

The new law will go into effect starting January 1, 2018.

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