COLUMBUS—State Senator Tim Schaffer (R-Lancaster) announced today that he has introduced legislation that will enhance protections for Ohio’s emergency service responders and their families.
“Over the past few months, we have seen how our nation’s emergency responders, police officers, firefighters and EMTs have been the targets of intimidation, harassment and assault,” Schaffer said. “This has led many of these brave and outstanding men and women to leave the force as they no longer feel that it is worth risking their personal well-being for the difficult and sometimes thankless tasks they perform. This measure will strengthen protections for our first responders in Ohio and make sure their families and co-workers are protected from these types of attacks."
Senate Bill 359, introduced in the Ohio Senate on Thursday, amends the current Ohio Revised Code intimidation section (ORC 2921.03) to extend protections to emergency service responders - which includes any law enforcement officer, first responders, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters, volunteer firefighters and their families. While the offense does not limit the application of violations from other sections of the revised code, the added language would charge a third degree felony to anyone who knowingly does either of the following: