Barrar Asks Congress to Assist Families of Fallen EMS Personnel

Supports resolution to fund important Pennsylvania military aircraft manufacture


HARRISBURG – Rep. Stephen E. Barrar (R-Chester/Delaware) today led the House Veterans Affairs and Emergency Preparedness Committee in its consideration of two resolutions, one of which requests Congress to extend the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program to volunteer emergency medical services (EMS) personnel killed in the line of duty.


“This resolution simply asks Congress to extend this benefit to volunteer EMS providers, which is something Pennsylvania already gives to all first responders,” said Barrar.  “EMS personnel are no less valuable to our communities than police and firefighters, and they deserve this federal benefit.”


Pennsylvania House Resolution 607, sponsored by Rep. Frank Farry (R-Bucks), memorializes Congress to enact the federal House Resolution 4018 of 2012, which was introduced by Congressman Mike Fitzpatrick (R-8).  The federal legislation was inspired by the death of Daniel McIntosh of Bucks County, whose dependents were denied the federal benefit after his death in the line of duty. 


The committee also considered Farry’s House Resolution 510, which asks Congress to support full funding for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. 


Pennsylvania is a supplier base for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, which are not only essential to our national security interests, but also boost the economy of the Commonwealth.


“The F-35 is one of the most sophisticated aircraft in the world,” said Barrar.  “It is imperative that Congress fully fund the program because it gives us an edge over every other military.  It also provides highly skilled, advanced-technology jobs for Pennsylvania.”


Both resolutions will now go before the full House for an up-or-down vote.


More information about Barrar and his legislative priorities is available at or


State Representative Steve Barrar

160th District, Pennsylvania House of Representatives

Media Contact: Nicole Wamsley


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