WEST VIRGINIA HEROES FIRST
Ben will protect West Virginia’s first responders, including: law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs, and everyone who keeps our communities safe day in and day out. As governor, Ben will encourage legislation to have 911 telecommunicators classified as first responders, will expand mental health and substance abuse counseling for all first responders, and will encourage the creation of wellness centers specifically for first responders.
Taking care of the families of fallen law enforcement, firefighters, and first responders must be a top priority. Ben’s plan will increase the one-time death benefit to the families of law enforcement, firefighters (professional and volunteer), and first responders killed in the line of duty to $250,000. He will focus on the recruitment and retention of professional and volunteer firefighters across West Virginia.
Salango has been endorsed by both the Charleston Professional Firefighters and South Charleston Professional Firefighters.