LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNWA) – Arkansas legislators passed a bill to help firefighters fighting cancer.
Crump’s Law was inspired by firefighter Nathaniel Crump, who was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer and exhausted his sick leave, leaving him to fight fires during the last weeks of his life.
The bill will provide six months of sick leave for firefighters who get cancer in the line of duty, and have been employed for at least five years and are full-time.
“We were seeing firefighters that who had stage four cancer, and they were eligible to use the sick time that they had, but they were exhausting that sick leave very, very quickly,” said State Rep. Nicole Clowney (D – District 86).
The idea of this bill was brought to Clowney’s attention by Crump’s widow and other firefighters.