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N.M. Court: Tribal Officer's Widow Entitled to Benefits

August 21, 2013  | 

The widow of an off-duty tribal New Mexico officer who died trying to save a boy is entitled to receive workers' compensation benefits, a state appellate court ruled Tuesday.

Cheryl Schultz has been waging a legal battle since 2007, when a judge rejected her claim. Kevin Schultz served with the Pojoaque Police Department.

Kevin Schultz was fishing with a group of children from his church when a 12-year-old boy fell into the Rio Grande River. After pulling the boy from the river, Schultz collapsed in shallow water and drowned, reports the Associated Press.

Tags: Death Benefits, Off-Duty Incidents, Families of Officers


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Greg @ 8/27/2013 5:11 AM

I'm not sure about this one...he was out as a chaperone with a group of kids from his church...was his child in the group? What if he died rescuing his own child, would he have been acting as a father vs. an officer?

This seems a bit of a stretch...I feel sorry for his survivors but at what point is anything not covered.

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