Governor Baker hosted a ceremonial bill signing for H.4826, An Act providing survivor benefits to Ava Roy, the daughter of fallen firefighter Christopher Roy. This comes after the bill was officially signed into law by the Governor earlier in November.
This bill was presented by Senator Michael Moore (D-Millbury) in the wake of the death of Christopher Roy, a Worcester Firefighter who died while fighting a fire in December of 2018. Mr. Roy was a single father to Ava and therefore she was unable to receive his pension since the laws at the time required the benefits to be bestowed to the other parent.
However, this legislation will provide Ava the pension by giving her guardian the benefits until she turns 18, and then directly to her until she turns 26. Senator Moore worked alongside Representatives Hannah Kane (R-Shrewsbury) and John Mahoney (D-Worcester), as well as Lt. Michael Papagni, president of Worcester Firefighters IAFF Local 1009, to craft this bill.
“I am so pleased that we were able to pass this legislation for Ava Roy,” said Senator Moore. “Ava’s father, Christopher, is a true hero who is deeply missed by so many. It’s our job as public servants to make sure that those we represent are well cared for. I, along with my colleagues, felt compelled to work alongside the Worcester Fire Department and other members of the community to ensure that Ava has adequate resources for many years to come. Passing legislation like this makes me proud to be a state lawmaker, and I’m incredibly happy we were able to get this done for Ava.”