TRENTON, NJ -- Legislation sponsored by Senator Linda Greenstein (D-Middlesex/Mercer) to provide benefits to surviving family members of police officers who volunteered in the aftermath of the World Trade Center attacks has been approved by the Senate on Monday.

Senate Bill (S-3208) would provide accidental death benefits to a surviving spouse or a surviving child of a deceased member or retiree of the State Police Retirement System (SPRS) who participated in 9/11 World Trade Center rescue, recovery, or cleanup operations and ultimately died due to health complications resulting from their participation.

“Many officers from New Jersey made the trip to New York City without hesitation on 9/11,” said Greenstein. “Sadly, for many, their selfless act of heroism in the face of terrorism ultimately led to years of health issues. The families of these officers, who eventually lost their battles with cancer and other illnesses, deserve support especially after the support they showed America.”

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The bill was approved unanimously by the Senate.

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