The governor signed on Friday (6/19) a bill that creates a new fund to help support the families of Missouri emergency workers who are killed in the line of duty. House Bill 580, which was handled in the Senate by Sen. Tom Dempsey (R-St. Charles), establishes the Line of Duty Compensation Act. The new law allows a claim to be filed with the Division of Workers' Compensation on behalf of a law enforcement officer, firefighter, emergency medical technician, air ambulance pilot or air ambulance registered nurse who is killed while on the job. The benefit is $25,000 and can be claimed up to one year following the individual’s death. The bill contains an emergency clause, which means it became law upon receiving the governor’s signature.