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Memorial for fallen firefighters held at Capital

There are nearly 200 names on the memorial
Posted at 5:19 PM, Apr 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-02 17:45:35-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Governor Ron DeSantis and members of the state cabinet gathered at the state capital Tuesday morning for the annual Ringing the Bell ceremony that honors fallen firefighters in the state.

Two new names were added to the Firefighter Memorial Monument in the Capital courtyard, representing Florida firefighters who died in 2018.

There are nearly 200 names on the memorial.

Bills filed for the current legislative session would make firefighters diagnosed with certain types of cancers automatically eligible to receive disability or death benefits.

Currently, most firefighters must prove the cancer is job related.

The legislation has passed two of three assigned committees in the Senate.

But in the House, the measure has yet to be heard, as session reaches its halfway point this week.