Firefighter healthcare battle gains supporters

Posted at 6:28 PM, Mar 04, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-04 18:28:28-05

They risk their lives to save others, and now, support is growing in the fight to get firefighters battling cancer the funding they were promised.

In 2015, Governor Snyder signed the First Responder Cancer Presumption bill. Publicly politicians supported it, but they failed to put money into the fund, and heroes are dying. 

An effort is underway to get $3 million stripped from the budget back into the fund. 

Senator Curtis Hertel introduced legislation this week to fix the problem. Democrats are on board and more and more Republicans are pledging support. 

To get the deal done, a rally is being planned  for Tuesday, March 8th at 9:30 am on the front steps of the Capitol.  Firefighters from across the state are expected to attend. 

Also in attendance will be John Feal with the FealGood Foundation. Feal has been an advocate for 9/11 first responders. 

He's battled Congress to get health care coverage.

To find out more about the rally and John Feal, Click on the video player to watch Ronnie Dahl's full report.