PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA – In a small ceremony earlier this month, Governor Terry McAuliffe signed Senate Bill 1118, sponsored by Senator Jeremy McPike, to strengthen Line of Duty Act benefits for firefighter trainees.
“This bill protects families with members in the volunteer fire service like Cecilia Turnbough’s family,” said Senator McPike. “Cecilia was a member of the Dale City Volunteer Fire Department who tragically died in a training exercise. It took her family thousands of dollars and a three year legal struggle to finally be awarded the benefits she rightfully earned.”
Accompanied by Ed Rhodes, Virginia Diamond, David Bailey, and Jeff Flippo - President of the Virginia State Firefighters Association - Governor McAuliffe signed the bill into law at the Virginia State Capitol Building in Richmond.
“This was a small tweak to the Line of Duty Act,” stated Senator McPike, “but it will have a big effect in the case of another tragic loss of a first responder during training. I am grateful to my colleagues in the General Assembly and to the Governor for supporting this legislation.”