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Petition to Wisconsin State Senate, Wisconsin State House, Bryan Steil, Gwen Moore, Tony Evers, Adam Neylon, Scott L. Fitzgerald, Romaine Robert Quinn, Mark Miller, Thomas Tiffany, John Nygren, Luther S. Olsen, Roger Roth, Tyler August, Jennifer Shilling, Glenn Grothman, Lena C. Taylor, Travis Tranel, Mike Gallagher, Gordon Hintz, John Jagler, Daniel Riemer, Patrick Testin, Dan Feyen, Dave Hansen, André Jacque, LaTonya Johnson, Chris Kapenga, Dale Kooyenga, Chris Larson, Devin LeMahieu, Howard L. Marklein, Jerry Petrowski, Janis A. Ringhand, Fred A. Risser, Robert L. Cowles, Patty Schachtner, Jeff Smith, Duey Stroebel, Van H. Wanggaard, Robert W. Wirch, Scott Allen, Jimmy Anderson, Joan Ballweg, Jill Billings, Mark Born, David Bowen, Janel Brandtjen, Robert Brooks, Jonathan Brostoff, Marisabel Cabrera, Dave Considine, David Crowley, Barbara Dittrich, Steve Doyle, Cindi S. Duchow, James W. Edming, Jodi Emerson, Mary Felzkowski (Czaja), Jason M. Fields, Evan Goyke, Staush Gruszynski, Rick Gundrum, Kalan Haywood, Gary Hebl, Dianne Hesselbein, Cody Horlacher, Rob Hutton, Jesse James, Terry Katsma, Samantha Kerkman, Joel C. Kitchens, Alberta Darling, Jon Erpenbach, Chris Taylor, Robin Vos, Dan Knodl, Deb Kolste, Scott Krug, Mike Kuglitsch, Bob Kulp, Tony Kurtz, Amy Loudenbeck, John Macco, Beth Meyers, Nick Milroy, Dave Murphy, Jeffrey Mursau, LaKeshia N. Myers, Greta Neubauer, Todd Novak, Tod Ohnstad, Loren Oldenburg, Jim Ott, Kevin Petersen, Warren Petryk, Jon Plumer, Sondy Pope, Treig E. Pronschinske, Timothy S. Ramthun, Jessie Rodriguez, Mike Rohrkaste, Joe Sanfelippo, Melissa Sargent, Michael Schraa, Katrina Shankland, Christine Sinicki, Ken Skowronski, Rick Snyder, Shae Sortwell, John Spiros, Mark Spreitzer, Rob Stafsholt, David Steffen, Jim Steineke, Shelia Stubbs, Amanda Stuck, Lisa Subeck, Rob Summerfield, Rob Swearingen, Gary Tauchen, Jeremy Thiesfeldt, Paul Tittl, Ron Tusler, Nancy VanderMeer, Robyn Vining, Tyler Vorpagel, Don Vruwink, Chuck Wichgers, Robert Wittke, JoCasta Zamarripa, Shannon Zimmerman, CRT

Support Health Care for Wisconsin Police Officers and Fire Fighters

Every day, we in Wisconsin call on police officers and fire fighters to arrive immediately for situations we find too dangerous or unpredictable to deal with on our own.   When these first responders arrive, we expect them to be healthy, reasonable and effective in how they perform but how can we ask this of them when, as a state, we refuse to accommodate their healthcare needs as determined by their work conditions?  They are human and, like all humans, will suffer mentally and physically from repeated exposure to trauma, but Wisconsin laws don't seem to take that into account. Wisconsin’s First Responders deserve full coverage for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) treatment through workers compensation whether or not the symptoms are the result of an extreme event or the day-to-day work. Traumatic events police officers encounter on a day-to-day basis include:  handling severely injured or deceased people including babies violent interactions racing through red lights inspecting abandoned buildings the anticipation of danger These stressful events are unavoidable for officers and they take a toll.   Among other alarming byproducts, PTSD increases suicide risk, and the rate of suicide among police officers is far higher than the national average. To date, this year: 41 officers have been killed by felonious assault 163 officers have taken their own lives.  Today, Wisconsin law prevents most officers and fire fighters with PTSD due to day-to-day stress from receiving needed assistance by failing to compensate them.  Senate Bill 511/Assembly Bill 569 can change that.  It states the following: "The bill provides that if a public safety officer is diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder by a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist and the mental injury that resulted in that diagnosis is not accompanied by a physical injury, that public safety officer can bring a claim for worker’s compensation benefits if the conditions of liability are proven by a preponderance of the evidence and the mental injury is not the result of a good-faith employment action by the person’s employer. Under the bill, such an injured public safety employee is not required to demonstrate a diagnosis based on unusual stress of greater dimensions than the day-to-day emotional strain and tension experienced by similarly situated employees as required under School District No. 1 v. DILHR, 62 Wis. 2d 370, 215 N.W.2d 373 (1974).” Wisconsin must meet the demand for police and fire healthcare so that they may do their jobs safely and in optimal health.  Please join us in urging our State Legislature to vote for Senate Bill 511/Assembly Bill 569, sign this petition and share it!  

The Community Response Team
194 supporters
Update posted 1 month ago

Petition to Knox County Sheriff's Office, Residents of Knox County, Tn.


THIS IS FOR THE MEN AND WOMAN THAT SACRIFICE SO MUCH ALREADY, FOR THE ONES THAT WILL RUN TO YOU WHEN YOUR WORST NIGHTMARE COMES TRUE. FOR THE ONES THAT ARE WILLING TO PUT EVERYTHING ON THE LINE FOR A COMPLETE STRANGER. WITH ALL THE STUDIES THAT ARE OUT THERE THAT PROVE TIME AND TIME AGAIN THAT THE HEALTH OF AN OFFICER IS COMPROMISED DIRECLTY FROM THE RESULT OF WEARING A DUTY BELT WITH THE AMOUNT OF WEIGHT THAT IS NECESSARY TO DO THE JOB THAT THEY ARE REQUIRED TO FULFILL. THEY DESERVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO CHOOSE TO WEAR SOMETHING THAT WILL NOT ONLY MAKE THEM MORE COMFORTABLE AND EXTEND THEIR CAREER AS AN ACTIVE LEO, BUT WILL ALLOW THEM TO DO THERE JOB PAIN FREE FROM HIP AND BACK PROBLEMS ASSOCIATED WITH WEARING A DUTY BELT. THE TECHNOLOGY IS READILY AVAILABLE TO ALLOW THEM TO PERFORM THE JOB MANY ARENT WILLING TO DO. WHY NOT? GIVE THESE MEN AND WOMAN AN OPPORTUNITY TO FEEL BETTER WHILE PERFORMING THEIR DUTIES.  Officers who carry most of their equipment – which often weighs close to 30 pounds – on vests rather than duty belts experience significantly less hip and lower-back pain, the study found. “The findings are clear and they are significant,” said Dr. Jeff Janot, a professor of kinesiology and the faculty lead on a six-month study that involved UW-Eau Claire, ECPD and Mayo Clinic Health System. “While the vests weigh more, the weight is more evenly distributed so there is less strain on the hips and lower back.” Researchers also determined that the vests do not limit the officers’ range of motion or create other issues that would be problematic for the officers from a safety standpoint, said Chantal Bougie, a senior kinesiology major from Oshkosh and the student lead on the research project. “We didn’t find any unintended consequences from wearing the load-bearing vest that would cause health or safety issues for the officers,” Bougie said. COME TOGETHER FOR THE ONES THAT COME TO YOU!  

Jason Fenno
185 supporters