A bill that would provide the presumption of an on the job injury for first responders who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), introduced by a North Mankato DFL state Senator, was narrowly defeated on close vote.

State Senator Nick Frentz made an impassioned plea on the Senate floor for the measure that would have changed current Minnesota law that says there is no presumption that a first time diagnosis of PTSD for police, fire or first responders comes from work.

“I have not heard anything coming out of any efforts on anybody’s behalf that is moving this needle where it needs to be,” he said. “Which is to show these people that we respect their job, to remove the stigma of post-traumatic stress disorder, and to say, ‘Come get treatment.'”

The amendment failed by a one-vote margin, 34-33. Frentz said he’ll keep working on putting that protection in place for the state’s police officers, firefighters, first responders, and 9-1-1 dispatchers.