Legislators want death benefits for natural gas responders following PGW worker’s death

    Legislation being introduced today by Philadelphia and Pennsylvania lawmakers would provide death benefits to the family of Mark Keeley, who died in January during a gas explosion in Tacony.

    Keeley, 19, was working with PGW when the explosion occurred. Legislation from Sen. Mike Stack; Reps. Brendan Boyle, Kevin Boyle and John Sabatina; Councilman Jim Kenney and PGW President and CEO Craig White would provide death benefits for the families of natural gas responders — specifically, responders who “work for a city natural gas distribution operation and who respond to a natural gas leak or threat of a natural gas leak.”

    The one-time payment would help the surviving spouse, minor children, or parents of natural gas responders killed in the line of duty. This legislation would add natural gas responders to the Emergency and Law Enforcement Personnel Death Benefits Act that currently covers firefighters, law enforcement officers and other emergency responders.

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