Lawmakers seek to expand protection for first responders
DOVER, Del. – Delaware state officials are looking to provide more protection for local first responders.
House Bill 212 would expand second degree assault to include the intentional assault of ambulance operators, rescue squad members and nurses who are injured while on duty. This is a result of an increase in violence directed against healthcare providers.
According to Representative Ruth Briggs King it is crucial to support first responders in the First State.
“I signed on that as a means to express concern and appreciation for the job they are doing and then to help ensure that we’re protecting those who are doing that when people are often the most vulnerable those first responders are also most vulnerable,” said King.
Hospital staff injured while performing their duties also benefit from this bill.