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  • In Support of H.R. 3458, the Fallen Firefighters Assistance Tax Clarification Act of 2013

    by Representative Tom Reed

    Posted on 2013-12-12

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    REED of new york in the house of representatives Thursday, December 12, 2013 Mr. REED. Mr. Speaker, we're here today because of a heinous act that took place in Webster, New York on December 24th, 2012, when a group of volunteer firefighters responding to a fire was ambushed by a gunman who had deliberately set the fire. Two firefighters were killed and two others were injured.

    While donations for the firefighters and their families were made to the West Webster Fire Department, a 501(c)(3) organization, the rules governing non-profit groups prevent the funds from being distributed in a way that does not further the organization's exempt purpose. In this case, these rules prevented the donations from being distributed as intended to the victims and their families.

    I am proud to stand here today in support of the ``Fallen Firefighters Assistance Tax Clarification Act of 2013,'' introduced by my colleague from New York Rep. Louise Slaughter to address the error and help care for these firefighters and their families.

    With the anniversary of this terrible act approaching, I ask that my colleagues join me in honoring the memory and sacrifice of these volunteer responders and approve this common sense legislation.


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