Listen: Dennis Edwards, Minnesota, Cancer discussed on The Al Malmberg Show
"When that alarm sounds firefighters are trained to move in even if it means risking their own lives. But when the flames are out they often suffer injuries. You can't see Dennis Edwards has been a firefighter for twenty eight years, and is now the fire chief in Duluth in those years. I've seen way too many of my friends my colleagues in my family suffered to cardiac disease. Cancer and mental health trauma. Firefighters are more likely than others to suffer because of the kind of work they do. And now they are asking lawmakers to pass the hometown hero assistance program Bill. He says it seems like a reasonable ask. If you call a team of firefighters will come and deliver. So what we need is elected officials to deliver. For those firefighters we need help Chris Parsons is a captain in the Saint Paul fire department and while he loves his job. He understands the downside, and that is mental health issues that a lot of his face the addiction issues that a lot of his face. The cancer cardiac risks that a lot of us are facing. And it's we're we're we're stepping forward as fire service leaders to take care of our problem. That's a great fire service leaders. Do they see a problem, and they take care of it? George s Manson is with the Minnesota firefighters initiative and says among other things the Bill would create a statewide critical care policy to help pay expenses that are not covered by insurance, and it would provide better access to mental health services. Every firefighter in the state, whatever access to five employee assistance sessions with people that are specially trained to deal with the trauma that firefighters faced which is different than what the general population experiences when. They need EAP assistance. And then for anyone that needs more than five. There's another pool of money that's funded by this Bill that would provide additional. Yippee assistance. Minnesota is forty fifth in the country when it comes to investing in the well-being of the men and women whose job it is to save lives, Susie Jones WCC, oh, well, crashed ISIS moved on. But announcement for a Saint Paul event at the end of the summer. Unlike any other mayor Melvin Carter scheduled today a couple of budget meetings at city hall, but first on the agenda was jumping out of a plane assisted by red bull air force team member, Sean McCormack, he made a swift. But graceful landing here."