Senate approves Good Samaritan Law

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A new bill approved Thursday protects off-duty emergency personnel.
Credit: Nicolaus Czarnecki/Metro

A bill extending legal protections to off-duty firefighters, police and emergency medical personnel who intervene in emergencies won final approval Thursday in the Senate, landing on Gov. Deval Patrick’s desk for his signature. The House gave its final approval to the “good Samaritan law” update on Tuesday.

The bill (S 1993) was filed by former Rep. Kathi-Anne Reinstein, whose husband is a captain in the Chelsea Fire Department. The bill extends liability protection to those off-duty emergency personnel whose regular jobs involve emergency medical care.

Sens. Karen Spilka, James Timilty and Bruce Tarr were on hand for Thursday’s informal Senate session where the bill was enacted.

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