Earlier this month the Professional Fire Fighters and Paramedics of North Carolina (PFFPNC) named me as one of the Legislators of the Year, along with Rep. Jon Hardister and Rep. Nelson Dollar.
One of the issues I've championed over the past five years has been making sure firefighters are taken care of. They put their lives on the line for the people of North Carolina everyday and making sure they are taken care of is a critical piece of why I was sent to Raleigh in the first place. In the 2016-2017 North Carolina budget we were able to expand line-of-duty death benefits for Fire Fighters statewide and cover key cancers that occur at higher rates among them due to being exposed to carcinogenic chemicals in every day fires.
Many of you know that before coming to the legislature I was a volunteer firefighter. I know all too well the dangers our firefighters face, and in the years ahead I look forward to finding more ways to make sure they are taken care of.