ALS Foundation assisting Kankakee firefighter quarrel for his pension
January 15, 2015 - als
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) –
A Kankakee firefighter with a deadly illness is removing new assistance in his conflict opposite City Hall.
Derek Hogg, a firefighter diagnosed with ALS–Lou Gehrig’s disease, is about to be dumped from his job, usually months brief of subordinate for his pension.
“To have this kind of support, we don’t consider we can behind down,” Hogg said
Hogg pronounced he and his mother holly have been swamped with letters, calls and emails after FOX 32 initial reported final week on his quarrel to get his pension.
“We had thousands of people respond, and come and contend how can we help? We support we and we have your back,” pronounced Hogg’s mother Holly.
Two years ago, a 31-year-old firefighter was diagnosed with ALS, a depot illness. As Hogg’s condition worsened, he had to give adult firefighting and was put on table duty.
On Feb 19th, Hogg’s pursuit and his FMLA will expire, usually months brief of his Jun 1st anniversary date. That’s a date Hogg would validate for a incapacity grant of $3200 a month. It is income that would continue to be paid to his mother and dual immature children after he dies.
“It’s such a large understanding to accept this grant and he’s usually a few months bashful of it. And it’s not a error he was diagnosed during such a immature age and he’s so close,” Holly said.
Hogg’s associate firefighters volunteered to come to his rescue and work his shifts until Jun 1, though Kankakee mayor Nina Epstein shot that devise down observant it’s not authorised by grant law.
Hogg finished an romantic interest to a mayor during a final City Council meeting.
“I ask we mayor, will we let my brothers and sisters on a glow dialect assistance me?” Hogg asked.
Epstein responded, “There’s zero we can do to retreat that decision.”
“I figured she was a one who finished a decision, so we should usually tell her how we felt,” pronounced Wendy Abrams of a Les Turner ALS Foundation.
For 35 years, Abrams has run a Les Turner ALS Foundation in Chicago, that has lifted tens of millions of dollars for investigate and assisting patients with ALS.
After saying FOX 32’s story, Abrams wrote a minute to a Kankakee mayor, seeking her to recur her decision.
“In my heart we know that we privately would like to assistance this family, though we need we now to step up, be artistic and make it happen,” a minute read.
“Most employers wish to help. They unequivocally don’t wish to repudiate a people that have worked for them so prolonged to make them gentle in their time of need,” Abrams said.
On Wednesday, Mayor Epstein told FOX 32 News by phone that she’s perceived many “hateful responses” to her decision, though can't change her mind.
“I know a emotion, though we do not know how people are seeking me to forget a authorised basement for this decision…We have finished all probable to accommodate this man, brief of extenuation him his pension,” she said.
“I trust she is means to find a way. She is able. She usually hasn’t worked with us on it. She usually simply pronounced no we can’t,” Hogg added.
The Les Turner ALS Foundation is formulation a amicable media debate to put feverishness on a mayor, and is also provision a Hogg’s with a counsel to try either Kankakee has followed a law.