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    Agency denies benefits to widow of dead firefighter
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    BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - North Dakota's workers insurance agency
    has refused to pay death benefits to a longtime Hebron volunteer
    firefighter, who died last July while battling a grass blaze.
    The decision by Workforce Safety and Insurance has prompted
    criticism from the man's friends and an attorney for his widow, and
    an agency spokesman said it may be reconsidered.
    George Raber, 69, suffered a heart attack last July while
    fighting a 400-acre grass fire southwest of Hebron. He was trying
    to check a water pump on the fire truck when he became ill. A
    former fire chief, Raber had been part of Hebron's volunteer fire
    department for more than 40 years.
    Raber's family may be eligible for up to $250,000 in death
    benefits. Last year, the Legislature increased the maximum from
    $197,000. Workforce Safety and Insurance, which was formerly known
    as the Workers Compensation Bureau, provides insurance coverage for
    workers who are injured or killed on the job.
    The agency denied Raber's claim, saying there was no evidence
    his death was work-related, or that unusual stress was involved.
    Mark Armstrong, a WSI spokesman, said the claim is being
    re-examined.
    "It's not unusual that we will reverse ourselves, with
    additional medical evidence," he said.
    Michael Halpern, an attorney for Raber's widow, Aloha, said
    there "ought to be compensation for the death of a volunteer
    firefighter, fighting a rather severe fire that endangered homes."
    Darrell Graf, a volunteer firefighter and friend of Raber's,
    said the insurance agency should have taken a closer look at
    Raber's claim before denying it.
    "The man puts his life on the line, and dies, and the family
    has to go through this," Graf said.

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    Interesting .... was it considered a LODD by the federal government and was he put on the national FFers memorial in Emmitsburg ? If it was, how can the insurance company have an opposing view uless it was a pre-existing condition that he and the fire department knew about and was fighting fire against a Drs. recommdation .....

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    George Raber, 69, suffered a heart attack last July while
    fighting a 400-acre grass fire southwest of Hebron. He was trying
    to check a water pump on the fire truck when he became ill. A
    former fire chief, Raber had been part of Hebron's volunteer fire
    department for more than 40 years.

    Workforce Safety and Insurance, which was formerly known
    as the Workers Compensation Bureau, provides insurance coverage for
    workers who are injured or killed on the job.
    The agency denied Raber's claim, saying there was no evidence
    his death was work-related, or that unusual stress was involved.
    Maybe they should change their job description to include the North Dakota Bureau of Blindness!

    What a bunch o' MUTTS!
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    I am sure that ruling will have people lining up to be volunteers in North Dakota. Pitiful.
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    Ya makes me feel so much better about going to a fire call these days

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