Saturday, June 5, 2010

Virginia state police officers get disability benefits extension

Emily Carrico (age 10), Paula Carrico, Del. Bill Carrico, Governor McDonnell

Delegate Bill Carrico (R-Galax  pictured left) was injured while on duty as a State Trooper in 1998 and was a leading proponent of the measure.

Governor Bob McDonnell Friday signed legislation which extended short term disability benefits for Virginia State Police officers injured in the line of duty. SB95, sponsored by Senator Fred Quayle (R-Suffolk), extends the length of time that a state police officer subject to a work-related injury in the line of duty will receive supplemental short-term disability coverage equal to 100% of their compensation. Currently, officers are only eligible for coverage for 125 days of work. SB95 expands the coverage to six months. Additionally, if certified by the Superintendent of State Police, this coverage can be extended to one year if a medical evaluation indicates the officer is likely to return to service within the additional six months.

 Delegate Bill Carrico (R-Galax) sponsored similar legislation in the House. Attending today’s ceremonial bill signing, in addition to Senator Quayle and Delegate Carrico, were Delegate Beverly Sherwood (R-Winchester); Secretary of Public Safety Marla Decker; Deputy Secretary of Public Safety John Buckovich; Virginia State Police Deputy Superintendent Lieutenant Colonel Robert B. Northern; and Wayne Huggins, Executive Director of the Virginia State Police Association.

Speaking about SB95, Governor McDonnell remarked, “Virginia’s law enforcement officers put their lives on the line every day they report for duty. “

Wayne Huggins, Executive Director of the Virginia State Police Association, noted, “This legislation will benefit the citizens of Virginia by protecting the investment they make in public safety and the State Police officers who have been injured in the line of duty and sacrifice so much.”

Col. W. Steven Flaherty, Virginia State Police Superintendent said, “As if being severely injured while protecting the citizens of the Commonwealth wasn’t sacrifice enough, too many of our members over the years have also had to endure the financial hardship of losing or taking a significant cut in pay while on temporary disability. This law will allow Virginia’s troopers and agents the time they need to fully recover from an injury without the fear and pressure of running out of time and a paycheck.”

Over a dozen State Police officers were injured this year in the Commonwealth while responding to winter storms. 

Posted By Valerie Garner

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