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New law in Illinois protects first responders

SPRINGFIELD, IL (KFVS) -

Anyone who assaults first responders in Illinois will face tougher sentences under a new law backed by State Representative Brandon Phelps of Harrisburg.

The new measure upgrades the penalty for assaulting a firefighter or emergency medical technician from a misdemeanor crime to a Class 4 felony.

"The last thing a paramedic or a firefighter should have to worry about when arriving at a scene is being physically attacked by a criminal," Phelps says.  "Unfortunately, we've found that such attacks have been a growing problem in Illinois so we decided to take action."

Under the new law, such an attack would result in a sentence of up to three years in prison.  

Phelps represents the 118th District in the Illinois General Assembly, which includes all or portions of Alexander, Gallatin, Hamilton, Hardin, Jackson, Johnson, Massac, Pope, Pulaski, Saline and Union Counties.

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