Lawmakers propose bill to help families of loved ones lost in the line of duty

Massachusetts

State lawmakers are considering a bill to help families that have lost loved ones in the line of duty.  

After the tragic death of a public servant, Massachusetts communities come together to mourn. But now, the state wants to do more to help their families financially.  

Lawmakers on Tuesday heard testimony from police and public officials about the retirement benefits of Sgt. Sean Gannon. 

Gannon was a Yarmouth Police officer who was killed in the line of duty in May 2018. House Bill 4982 would grant line-of-duty death benefits to Sargent Gannon’s widow, Dara Gannon. 

“It will not bring back Sean, but it will help in other ways,” said Yarmouth Police Chief Frank Frederickson. 

Gov. Charlie Baker proposed the bill to show his support for people who make the ultimate sacrifice for the Commonwealth.  

“You show up to work every day, and you know today could be the day, and the only thing that you ask is that your family is looked after,” said Representative Timothy Whelan. 

 Members of the Public Service Committee made no decision on the bill Tuesday, but they hope to put it up for a vote once the new session starts in January.

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