Blue Flu


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via Philadelphia Enquirer

Thanks to Pennsylvania’s Heart and Lung Act, a disability benefit meant mostly for police and firefighters, Williams gets 100% of his $78,092 salary and isn’t required to pay state or federal taxes on it, at least a 20% raise. A Police Department directive, however, prohibits officers who are out with Heart and Lung claims from working any other job in any capacity.

All told, 14% of patrol officers are listed as Injured on Duty, according to The Inquirer’s analysis of internal Police Department documents. Judges, prosecutors, and defense lawyers have separately complained that the missing officers cause criminal cases to be delayed or dismissed.


Heart and Lung benefits are meant to be for a temporary disability, and its multistep claims process is subject to oversight. Even so, police and city officials say that too many officers frequently abuse this well-intentioned benefit, which has no cap on how long officers can stay out or how many times they can submit a claim. While officers are out, they continue to accrue vacation, unlimited sick time, and years served so they can retire with a full pension.


Retired 21 years
Had a 40 year old friend who was a "disabled" California fireman. He apparently had got a BIG settlement with the Ca. fire dept. He had a big new house, a couple Corvettes, Harleys, fancy boats --the whole enchilada. He spent his days tinkering with his toys and drinking in a little bar. I never once heard him say that he was too crippled to do anything. :-) A couple of us used to hang at his house after work when his garage bar would open every night about 6. He would buy 10 cases of beer a couple times a week and would get pissed at you if you brought your own or tried to pay him for his. He was extremely popular in his neighborhood. :-)