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Walk across Florida to benefit firefighters ends today

Walk across Florida to benefit firefighters ends today
Walk across Florida to benefit firefighters ends today
Posted at 6:33 AM, May 10, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-10 08:35:40-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The walk across Florida to raise awareness about health benefits for firefighters ends today.

WTXL's Jada Williams shares details about the journey, which concludes Thursday morning at the state Capitol.

The final leg of the "My Brother's Burden Walk" begins this at 10 a.m. Thursday when Tom "Bull" Hill will host a ceremony at the Tallahassee Fire Department Station Number 6.

After that ceremony, the walk to the Capitol resumes.

Hill invites other firefighters, families and supporting people to join him and his walking team at the Capitol to show support.

Hill's journey began in March in Key West.

He's carrying four backpacks with more than 700 shields, pass tags, and patches of his fallen firefighters to show the many dangers of the job and get through to lawmakers to provide more support.

Hill also has a petition going around to get Florida legislators to pass a law that helps the families after a firefighter has passed from work-induced cancer.

Hill decided to start walking to honor a friend who lost his life to cancer after years on the job inhaling smoke and deadly toxins.

Hill's fried said his biggest concern was how his family would survive financially after his death.

Acording to the CDC, firefighters in 39 other state's receive better benefits after contracting job-related cancers.