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KTAR: Arizona first responders want workers’ comp protection during pandemic

Saturday, July 11, 2020   (0 Comments)
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UPDATED: JULY 9, 2020 AT 1:19 PM

PHOENIX — Those who protect the public are now asking the state of Arizona to protect them after an alarming amount of first responders have tested positive for coronavirus.

“Our biggest challenge is how these [coronavirus cases] are treated in the work place,” Joe Clure, executive director of the Arizona Police Association, told KTAR News 92.3 FM on Tuesday.

Clure, along with leaders from the Professional Fire Fighters of Arizona and the Arizona Fire Chiefs Association, sent letters to Gov. Doug Ducey dating back to the beginning of April asking for protection from their insurers when it comes to workers’ compensation benefits.

Their goal was to have it become “presumptive” that any first responder who tested positive for COVID-19 contracted the virus while serving in the line of duty, ensuring workers’ compensation.

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