Now any professional or volunteer firefighter in New York who dies on the job will have his or her name included on the Fallen Firefighter Memorial in Albany according to a new law.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed this the bill into law Thursday.
"The Fallen Firefighters Memorial honors the lives of our state's bravest men and women who died while protecting others," Cuomo said. "Every firefighter who has paid the ultimate sacrifice while protecting their community deserves to be recognized for their courage and heroic service. This new law will ensure that New York State properly recognizes the extraordinary sacrifice of all firefighters who died while putting their lives on the line and that their memory is preserved forever."
The new law takes effect immediately.
Under the previous law, only the names of firefighters killed directly in the line of duty were added to the memorial. In practice, that meant that only firefighters who died while directly fighting a fire were included.
The New York State Fallen Firefighters Memorial is located on the Empire State Plaza.