Excerpts from the bostonglobe.com:

Flanked by firefighters and their families, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker formally signed legislation that will designate cancer as a work-related injury for firefighters across Massachusetts. The new law will cover all medical treatments for firefighters diagnosed with cancer as well as their time missed because of the illness.

Before the legislation, firefighters diagnosed with cancer were forced to use sick days and personal days while taking time off for treatment, general secretary-treasurer of the International Association of Fire Fighters Edward Kelly said.

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