Representative Nick Collins joined his colleagues on the House Ways and Means Committee in pushing for increased benefits for firefighters that die in the line of duty.

Earlier this week, Collins voted in favor of H. 4002, An Act Relative to Line of Duty Benefits.  The bill would increase line of duty benefits for fallen firefighters from $100,000 to $150,000.

Equally important, the bill would also contribute to the trust fund established for the families of Lt. Edward J. Walsh, Jr. and Michael R. Kennedy, who were killed while battling the nine-alarm fire in the Back Bay last week.

“Our Boston Firefighters are prepared to lay it all on the line for the citizens of Boston every day,” said Rep. Collins.  “The least we can do is to make sure that their families are taken care of if they do make the ultimate sacrifice.  This bill, in a small way, gets us closer to that commitment.”

The bill now moves to a full vote of the House of Representatives.