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Ralph Thistle, a former Toronto police officer, told CBC News the legislation brought a tear to his eye.

Thistle blames PTSD for breaking up his family and leaving him homeless. He would eventually spend three months in jail, as well.

“I’m so pleased the next generation of men and women joining first responders will have the support I didn’t receive,” he said at Queen’s Park.

His daughter, Kyra Thistle, who accompanied her dad to the legislature Tuesday also lauded the government’s move.

“When you see the person you love the most in the darkest place they can be and there’s nothing you can do to help, that’s where the main struggle is. I’m glad this bill has passed so no other families have to go through the same situation we went through.”

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