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'Dale Long Act' signed into law

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -

A tragic accident in Vermont has prompted nationwide change.

President Obama has signed a law named after Vermont ambulance driver Dale Long, who died on the job.

The law extends benefits given to police, firefighters and first responders to paramedics as well. It serves as a safety net for families of first responders who are killed or disabled while working.

The program was created more than 30 years ago for public safety officers, but this act extends the coverage to incidents like Long's, as he worked for a nonprofit.

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