Wesco: Gov. Holcomb signs law helping first responders

Posted by: Devan Strebing  | Thursday, May 25, 2017

STATEHOUSE (May 25, 2017) — Gov. Eric Holcomb today ceremonially signed a new law authored by State Rep. Tim Wesco (R-Osceola) focused on helping first responders.

The new law ensures confidentiality to responders who seek psychological counseling after traumatic events. This measure makes sure both first responders and critical incident stress management service providers have open lines of communication.

“A majority of firefighters and other emergency response personnel will not open up about their experiences if they believe their statements will reach the public,” Wesco said. “The idea behind this provision is to give emergency responders a confidential way to share their feelings and experiences on traumatizing situations and receive help if needed.”

This law also provides immunity for service providers from being subpoenaed to testify on what a first responder discloses during counseling sessions.

For more information on the law, visit iga.in.gov.

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State Rep. Tim Wesco (R-Osceola) represents House District 21, which

includes portions of Elkhart and St. Joseph counties.

A high-resolution photo of Wesco can be downloaded by clicking here. 

Attached and below: Gov. Eric Holcomb (seated, center) today at the Statehouse ceremonially signs into law a measure authored by State Rep. Tim Wesco (seated, left) that ensures confidentiality to first responders who seek psychological counseling after witnessing traumatic events.