Most people don't go to work thinking they'll have to dodge a bullet or otherwise risk their lives but, in a few professions, those dangers come with the job. Workers' compensation insures most Pittsburgh employers for workplace accidents. Additional employee benefits for emergency personnel, including police officers, and their families are available under Pennsylvania's Act 101 and the federal Public Safety Officers' Benefits Act.
A spinal cord injury often causes permanent disability. A Pennsylvania state trooper lost the ability to use his arms and legs in September. The 24-year police veteran almost died after he tried to serve a search warrant at a home near Brockway.