Governor Scott fights to increase benefits for families of fallen first responders

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - A new investment by Florida's governor will soon help give free tuition to families of fallen first responders.

Monday, Governor Rick Scott announced he'll propose spending $178 million to help support active military, veterans and their families in Florida as part of his 2018-2019 recommended budget.

Part of that proposal includes providing free tuition to the families of first responders killed in the line of duty.

Walton County Sheriff and President of the Florida Sheriffs Association, Mike Adkinson showed his support by saying, "Our most important asset is our people and their families who support them in their service to our communities. Securing the future of our families is a noble act, and these death benefits provide educational opportunities for the surviving spouse or children to ensure they are able to provide for their families and contribute to the economy."

He went on to say, "We thank Governor Rick Scott and are grateful to the Constitution Revision Commission for considering this proposal as it truly does the right thing for our heroes and their families."

This is just one of my initiatives by Governor Scoot to help protect families of fallen law enforcement officers and first responders, including providing fallen individuals' monthly salary to their beneficiary for their lifetime.