Florida lawmakers were confronted by hundreds of pairs of boots placed at the Capitol on Thursday, an elaborate display designed to combat mediocre health benefits for firefighters.
Five hundred pairs of boots -each pasted with a firefighter who is either battling or has succumbed to occupational cancer- were placed in the courtyard in order to bring attention to an issue of not providing presumptive coverage or benefits eligibility for firefighters.
According to WLFA, Miami-Dade Firefighter Colleen Buzzo was left hanging when she dealth with cancer for four months.
“There are some firefighters that don’t even have coverage from their insurance. And it’s very important because two out of three firefighters get cancer,” said Buzzo. “So we’re here to fight for that coverage for us because we have a 17 percent higher rate of getting cancer than the average person in the public.”
While the legislation has cleared several committees, it consistently faces resistance from some cities and counties.