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    Post Disabled FF serving in Iraq? BUSTED!

    Disabled firefighter serving in Iraq
    PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Mark Vrvilo has not been able to work as a
    Portland firefighter since 2001 because of a back injury. But the
    pain hasn't kept him from serving as an Oregon Army National Guard
    medic in Iraq.
    The Portland Fire & Police Disability and Retirement Fund voted
    Tuesday to suspend payments to Vrvilo and refer his case to the
    police and the district attorney's office for possible prosecution
    for fraud.
    The board also said it would try to recover some or all of the
    $85,267.73 in benefits and medical expenses paid to him by the fund
    since November 2001.
    Vrvilo's wife, Sladjana Vrvilo, said she had asked the fund's
    trustees to delay action in her husband's case until he returned
    from duty.
    "I'm a little appalled for someone to go ahead and make
    decisions for someone who is not here to give his side of the
    story," she said.
    Vrvilo, 40, worked for the Portland Fire Bureau for about four
    months before he filed a disability claim for a back injury in
    October 2001. He said the injury occurred during a training
    exercise when he lifted a Jaws of Life hydraulic tool, a device
    used to free people from auto wrecks.
    The disability fund's rules require members to fully disclose
    their medical histories and any outside income they receive while
    collecting disability benefits.
    An offhand comment by a friend of Vrvilo's triggered an
    investigation by the fund that turned up evidence that Vrvilo had
    failed to disclose a back injury from an auto accident before he
    filed his disability claim.
    When the fund's staff could not locate Vrvilo, it ran a Google
    search and found him featured on a Web log as a medic serving in
    Iraq with the Oregon National Guard. His unit was sent to Iraq in
    April.
    Oregon National Guard officials said Vrvilo went to Iraq with
    the rank of specialist, which pays $1,558 to $1,891 a month, plus
    allowances and combat pay.
    "I was floored," said Portland firefighter Paul Corah, a
    member of the fund's disability board. "When someone tries to take
    advantage of the system, it bothers me so much. I'm a taxpayer,
    too."

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    Sadly, some union official will come along and attempt to spin this back on the City Government.
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    Tillerman is once again talking out of his blow hole without having an inkling what the facts are. The Union has no say over the Pension Board.
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    Tillerman is once again talking out of his blow hole without having an inkling what the facts are.
    He seems to excel at that sort of thing.

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    I don't know about Portland but here in NYC the unions have reps that sit on the boards that hear disability claims concering FDNY and NYPD members.
    A man has to have something to believe in & I believe I'll have another beer.

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    Did he really think no one would notice this?
    Even the burger-flippers at McDonald's probably have some McWackers.

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    While I agree that the remark made was a bit off kilter.......

    "I was floored," said Portland firefighter Paul Corah, a member of the fund's disability board. "When someone tries to take advantage of the system, it bothers me so much. I'm a taxpayer,
    too."
    There still is representation by a firefighter on the board. THis is pure speculation, but I do suspect that there will be some pressure put upon this gentleman on the board should he be on the review committee.

    As for the stupid twit that is in Iraq and not Portland, I just have to shake my head at total stupidity this guy showed. Personally the department and city ought to take disciplinary action, as well as going after any financial recooping that they are able to get.
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    My father is a retired Police Officer for a Large East Coast City and his pension board is a PART of his union. Not everything is like it is in Illinois.


    And as far as Mr. Nozzleman, you know where you can put your opinions. I don't think I need to tell you.
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    I was reffering more to your anti-union rants that seep through to every post you make. The Pension Board, while having Union Representation, is NOT the Union. As a UNION member and a PENSION BOARD Secretary, I would find it very difficult to believe that anyone would defend this guy,Union or not.
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    The best part is that he was only on the job for four months, and had a previous accident that injured his back. What a gimp

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