For EMS in Texas – If You Could Help a Hero, Would You?

Delaney and Addison lost their Daddy. Daniel McIntosh was their protector and provider. They still ask when Daddy is going to come home from work. The $330,000 line of duty death benefit they were denied belongs to them.

If Danny had been working as a law enforcement officer, his family would have been covered. If Danny had been working as a firefighter, his family would have been covered. The claim was denied because of a loophole. HR1668 closes this loophole and provides as bill sponsor Congressman Fitzpatrick says, “equal protection under the law” for EMS providers across our nation. The bill’s PSOB death benefit is funded using drug seizure money. This bill can be passed without adding one dollar to our national debt or deficit.

Congressman Lamar Smith of Texas is holding up the passage of this common-sense bill. Congressman Smith is the Chair of the House Judiciary Committee. If we work together, the bill can become law. Please pass the word to all of the citizens of Austin, and the EMTs and Paramedics of Texas who can help by making a phone call to their Congressman.

We all do the same job, and we deserve the same consideration for our children. First Responders are very, very good at helping. We are not very good at asking for help. More than half a million EMS Providers across the Unites States need the help of one man – Congressman Lamar Smith of Austin Texas.

Congressman Lamar Smith’s Offices
San Antonio- 210-821-5024
Kerryville- 830-896-0154
Austin- 512-306-0439
Washington DC- 202-225-8628

There are more pics of Danny and his family on this post.

My only personal regret is that the bill does not also include Private EMS Providers. We have all been there. We all know the truth. The truth is these are the men and women who get paid the least and will still give it all up. But with so many issues on the front burner, this really is a bird in the hand deal. Let’s help get it passed.


About Dan White

I'm a retired Paramedic and EMS Instructor with 35 years EMS and emergency medical product experience. I love canoes, cars and EMS. I have written a lot about EMS Technology on the Paramedic Blog, the Insights on Innovation column for, on and I can be reached directly at 573-240-0002.
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