Kankakee firefighter with ALS leaves work for final time
February 14, 2015 - als
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) –
Derek Hogg, 32, walked out of a Kankakee Public Safety building for a final time Friday. His 6 and a half year career as a firefighter was cut brief by ALS.
“I like putting on a uniform. we like going to work. we like a approach my child looks during me when he sees a badge on,” Derek said.
Derek, his mother Holly and their dual immature boys are now faced with perplexing to get by on a amicable confidence incapacity check of about a thousand dollars a month.
“Not usually do we have to worry about losing my husband, a father of my kids, we have to somehow figure out how we’re going to support a children. we have no idea,” Holly said.
On Jun 1, Derek would have achieved 7 years on a pursuit and competent for a incapacity grant of $3200 a month, that is income that would go to holly after his death.
However, Kankakee city officials contend Derek has to leave now, since he can no longer perform his duties as a firefighter, and his time on light avocation has run out.
Derek’s co-workers had volunteered to work his change until he competent for a pension, though Kankakee Mayor Nina Epstein refused to concede it, observant that would be tortuous a manners and set a dangerous precedent.
“Derek is a good firefighter. Outstanding firefighter,” pronounced Kankakee Alderman James Stokes.
Alderman Stokes, who’s also a firefighter, pronounced many residents are indignant a city has clearly incited a behind on Derek.
“I can usually wish and urge that somebody, somebody can see by this and make it work,” Stokes said.
Derek and Holly are also employing a counsel to try either Kankakee disregarded a Americans with Disabilities Act, and they’ve filed a censure with a Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
However, that could take months, even years to litigate, that is time Derek simply doesn’t have. He left work Friday for a final time, though is still anticipating for a miracle.
“I’m still confident that one day I’m going to be a fireman again,” Derek added.