Governor Baker Signs Cancer Presumption for Firefighters Bill

A moment to remember firefighters lost to job-related cancer...
Celebration: Dennis Fire Chief Mark Dellner, PFFM Sec-Treas Edward Kelly, Lt Dan ‘Flippy’ O’Connell of Dennis Fire, Rep. Tim Whelan and Governor Charlie Baker (Rep. Whelan photo)

From Rep. Tim Whelan (R-Brewster)

Thank you Governor Baker !!!!

Today was a very, very good day. Today Governor Baker signed into law H.2515, granting cancer presumption for Firefighters in the Commonwealth, at a ceremony at the Broadway Fire Station in Lynn. We were joined for the bill signing by Dennis Fire Chief Mark Dellner, PFFM Regional VP-Paul Medeiros of Hyannis FD, as well as my close friend and two-time cancer survivor, Lt Dan ‘Flippy’ O’Connell of Dennis Fire and his much better half, Rebecca Hamlin (who is also my Chief of Staff). Becky and Dan were an inseparable team when Dan beat back cancer for the second time a few years ago. I am very proud of them. Part of this was for you, Flippy.

It was also a somber moment to remember the Firefighters already lost to job related cancers and I took time to remember one of my favorites. My lovely wife Lisa lost her beloved Uncle, Lt. Bob Reynolds of Worcester Fire, to cancer in 2010. Bob left a loving wife and two wonderful daughters. When I came into the family way back in 1984, Bob was so nice to me and made me feel welcomed. I’ll never forget him. I carried a photo of Bob in my pocket for today’s signing and said a prayer for him. We all worked hard to get this bill done, but a little bit of our work was also for Bob Reynolds.


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