BOSTON- On the final formal session of the legislative session, the Senate unanimously passed a bill filed by Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury), the Senate Vice Chair of the Joint Committee on Public Safety and Homeland Security, placing children of fallen correctional officers in the first position on the civil service eligibility list.

“Every day, correctional officers across the Commonwealth arrive to duty at our prisons knowing the dangers and risks that await them,” Senator Moore said. “This bill extends the current law allowing sons and daughters of fallen or disabled police and firefighters to be placed in the first position on the civil service eligibility list to also be granted to the children of fallen correctional officers. This bill honors the lives and continues the legacy of our fallen correctional officers.”

Current law provides that sons and daughters of firefighters and police officers, who were killed in the line of duty or became permanently disabled while on the job, are placed in the first position on the civil service eligibility list, if they pass the written and physical exam. This bill extends this law to include sons and daughters of corrections officers who are killed in the line of duty or became permanently disabled while on the job.

The bill’s passage comes on the 42nd anniversary of the passing of Correction Officer James Souza, along with Maintenance Instructor Alfred Baranowski, while on duty at the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Norfolk.