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911 REFLECTIONS....

9/11 reflections... With the passing of another 9/11/01 anniversary now is the time to think about some of the legal issues surrounding that terrible event.  Last week we did an office outing at a Des Moines firefighter's fundraiser.  This was in conjunction with the 9/11/01 anniversary.  The picture on the top of our blog post is of our staff and friends competing with the local fire department to see if we could out pull them.  Guess what?  Firefighters can pull faster than lawyers and secretaries!  Who knew? It was a fun event, and we were happy to participate.  What is not so happy are the problems faced by the volunteers who participated in the rescue and salvage operation at Ground Zero.  Proving once again that our Congress can't agree on anything, it still will not provide benefits to those people who risk their health to try to save lives after the buildings collapsed.  This is shameful and reflects poorly on us as a society. In Iowa, volunteer firefighters and volunteer police officers are covered by our Workers' Compensation act.  But even this is tricky as so few people know the volunteers are covered their many injuries go uncompensated.  Even worse, when a volunteer dies in the line of duty sometimes the family goes uncompensated because no one understands they are covered... even though they were not paid wages.  What a tragedy.

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