February 27, 2016 - als
(CBS) – A former Kankakee firefighter with ALS was months divided from collecting incapacity when a city pronounced he couldn’t lapse to work.
CBS 2’s Sandra Torres explains his hardest conflict yet.
When 33-year-old Derek Hogg was diagnosed with ALS, he suspicion it wouldn’t finish his firefighting career. But it did.
ALS took divided his dream job, his strength and his independence.
He was about to strike 7 years with a Kankakee Fire Department when a illness forced him to give it up. Hogg says that seven-year symbol was so critical since he could have met a terms of a incapacity grant for him and his family equal to 65 percent of his pay.
“Most glow departments would hook over retrograde to assistance their own, though this one wouldn’t, and we still don’t know why,” Hogg’s wife, Holly, says.
Now, he’s a father of three, with a new baby lady only innate dual weeks ago. The bills keep pier on.
“It only strike us like a ton of bricks,” Hogg says. “Once they told me during Kankakee we are finished we was like, ‘What do we do now?’”
A year later, instead of focusing on what could have been, he is focusing on what’s important: his children.
“It’s removing kind of severe only to use a walker,” he says. “We are now looking into removing a wheelchair outpost to assistance me get adult and be a partial of a kids’ lives.”
Hogg’s mother set adult a Gofundme page to assistance cover a family’s costs.
The Kankakee Fire Department could not be reached for comment.