Joe Robach and the New York State Senate passed a bill that would ensure the names of firefighters who are killed while performing services in the line of duty would be included on the New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial.  

The Fallen Firefighters Memorial recognizes those firefighters from throughout the state who made the ultimate sacrifice for their community.  The Memorial hosts an annual ceremony that draws firefighters from throughout New York and serves as an occasion for remembrance and healing.

Paul Brady, a six-year veteran of the Malverne Fire Department on Long Island, died while engaged in line of duty activity at the time of his death.  His name is included in the United States Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Maryland, but is not yet included on the state Fallen Firefighters Memorial.  This bill would allow Firefighter Brady’s name to be inscribed on the Memorial. 

The Senate also passed a bill, supported by Joe Robach, that would allow members of volunteer fire departments and volunteer ambulance squads to take an authorized absence from work when they respond to a state of emergency.  Our volunteer firefighters and ambulance personnel always respond when called to help protect us, our families and our communities.  This legislation will prevent employers from charging volunteers with vacation, sick leave or other excused absences when there is a state of emergency. 

Since 1954, the state of New York has asked FEMA to declare almost 60 major disaster declarations for everything from snowstorms to earthquakes to ice storms. In 2011, New York was hit by Tropical Storm Lee, Hurricane Irene, flooding, tornadoes, snowstorms, and straight-line winds.

For more information on these bills or any Senate bill, contact Joe Robach office.