Springdale City Council Considering Rules in Support of Firefighters

SPRINGDALE, AR-- Springdale city council members are considering a bill in support of local firefighters.

The resolution creates a presumption similar to the one granted to workers at 'Ground Zero' following 9/11-- that firefighters who develop certain types of cancer got the disease while in the line of duty.

Earlier this year, Fayetteville city leaders voted unanimously in support of the bill by State Representative Greg Leding.

"If the legislation passes it would help these firefighters and their families get access to benefits that they currently are being denied because the law prevents them from claiming these sicknesses, these cancers that they contracted in the line of duty as being the reason for those illnesses," says Leding.

Springdale firefighter Bud Planchon passed away from cancer earlier this year. Those close to him believe the cancer was a result of his job.

According to the "National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health" U.S. firefighters have an excess of a rare form of cancer.

Researchers say it's likely from exposure to asbestos found in building materials.

Arkansas is one of 10 states that does not have a presumption law in place.

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