Bill to Aid Injured Littleton Firefighter Awaits Baker OK
LITTLETON -- A firefighter seriously injured on duty in September 2017 is on track to receive a full disability retirement.
State Rep. James Arciero and state Sen. Jamie Eldridge announced Thursday that legislation to aid Lt. Scott Holt was passed by the House and Senate and is awaiting the signature of Gov. Charlie Baker.
Holt, 51, a Littleton firefighter for 13 years and a member of the state’s hazmat team, fell from an engine at the station. He sustained a serious neck injury and was unable to return to work.
The bill seeks to help Holt cover medical expenses, offers $7,000 for health insurance costs for 15 years, and provides a pension of about $18,000 annually, according to the press release.
“I was happy to work with Rep. Arciero to get this bill passed before the end of the 2017-18 legislative session, and hope Gov. Baker signs it into law immediately,” Eldridge said in the release. “Firefighter Holt risked his life to protect our public safety, and this bill will ensure that he receives benefits that are critical to his recovery. We ask a lot from our first responders and we have an obligation to give back when they need it.”
Arciero and Eldridge worked together to get the bill finalized by the end of December.
“I am very pleased that the senator and I were able to get this bill passed by both chambers of the Legislature before the end of 2018 legislative session. This legislation will help firefighter Holt and his family as they deal with his injury and recovery,” Arciero said.