House Votes for Benefits
A bill that authorizes the payment of $50,000 to the dependents of any fire fighter who dies during the performance of his duty has been passed by the United States House of Representatives. The bill, H.R. 365, which was passed by a 178-80 vote April 30, would amend the Omnibus Crime Controls and Safe Streets Act of 1968. The bill was introduced by Rep. Joshua Eilbert (D-Pa.).
Payments of benefits would be made only to the extent provided in advance by appropriations acts. The bill, which now goes to the Senate, makes no differentiation between paid and volunteer fire fighters as to eligibility of their dependents for the $50,000 payment. The money can go to dependent parents as well as a wife or children.