Senator Frank LaRose speaks on the floor of the Ohio Senate

State Senator Frank LaRose (R–Copley Township) announced today the passage of legislation aimed at supporting the families of volunteer and part-time police officers killed in the line duty. 

The legislation stems from the death of volunteer Willoughby Police Officer Jason Gresko who died in the line of duty. His family was not able to receive the same benefits as a volunteer firefighter’s family in similar circumstances because no fund existed for volunteer and part-time law enforcement officers.

Sponsored by Senator LaRose and Senator John Eklund (R-Munson Township), the legislation creates the Volunteer Police Officer’s Dependent Fund. The fund would function in the same manner as the already established Volunteer Firefighters Dependent Fund. A fund has long been in existence to provide death benefits to the families of full-time police officers killed in the line of duty.
“Law enforcement officers put their lives on the line each and every day when they leave their homes," said LaRose. “It is only right that the families of any police officer should have these benefits, whether they are full-time, part-time or volunteer.” 
Senate Bill 11 would provide benefits to the families of fallen officers who were part-time or volunteer police officers. The Volunteer Police Officer’s Dependent Fund will be created for these officers and will serve a similar purpose as the current state fund for volunteer firefighters.
“Senate Bill 11 will ensure that the families of our fallen heroes will receive the death benefits they deserve,” said LaRose.
The legislation will now proceeds to the Ohio House of Representatives for further consideration.

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