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Protecting Those Who Protect Us

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State Capitol - A series of accidents has left first responders injured on Illinois roadways. 

State Senator Chapin Rose, (R) Mahomet, is trying to assemble a 16 member state task force to look into ways to better protect police, firemen and EMT's working accident scenes.

"They know there is an inherent danger when they sign up," Rose told WAND News.  "But it doesn't mean that the rest of us don't have an absolute duty to try to make it as safe as possible."

Legislation establishing the task force, Senate Joint Resolution 62, is currently pending in the Illinois Senate.

The measure was inspired by the deaths of two people on the Interstate 55 corridor this past year.  Hudson firefighter Chris Brown died on March 5, 2013 at an accident scene.  Pontiac Police officer Casey Kohlmeier lost his life to a drunken driver while responding to a motorist's distress call.

Brown was a high school classmate of Senator Rose.

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