An appeals court yesterday ordered the FDNY's medical board to reconsider whether heart and lung damage a firefighter suffered as a 9/11 responder contributed to his drowning death.
Lt. Cruz Fernandez, a 24-year FDNY veteran retired in November 2002 after spending long hours at the World Trade Center site.
In 2006, Fernandez collapsed and drowned in shallow water during a beachside family picnic at Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
His pension died with him.
His widow, Jackie Kaht Fernandez, applied for a disability pension in her husband's name, claiming his exposure to Ground Zero led to a heart attack that contributed to his drowning.
The Appellate Division yesterday called the FDNY's rejection of her bid "arbitrary and capricious."
Republished with permission of The New York Post