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Video: Mass. Denies Benefits To Police Widow

December 29, 2011  | 

VIDEO: Boston Police Widow's Fight

The widow of a Boston Police officer has been fighting the state for accidental death benefits for 13 years since her husband's death from Hepatitis C.

Maura Shaw, who told her story to MyFoxBoston, believes her husband Kenneth Shaw contracted the virus while processing grisly crime scenes as a member of the Boston PD's identification unit.

Massachusetts has denied her application over and over again because she can't show exactly how he contracted hepatitis C decades ago.

"It's like a slap in the face. He loved his job. He loved doing what he did," Maura Shaw told FOX Undercover.

Comments (8)

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RICHARD ISAACS @ 12/29/2011 5:02 PM


Jon @ 12/30/2011 2:50 AM

Not surprising as US citizens are becoming the 'second class' citizen while the Marxist-Liberals freely give 'first class' status and millions in benefits to the illegals and anchor babies.

Mando @ 12/30/2011 5:48 AM

However he contracted Hepatitis C should not be a basis for denial the fact that the disease was contracted while employed as a state or federal employee should be sufficient. All the widow should have to prove is that when he was hired as a Boston Police Officer he did not have hepatitis C.

M.Conner @ 12/30/2011 6:42 AM

It should not be that hard to prove how he contracted it. Especially after 13 years of trying to prove your case. Can't a lawyer request arrest and case files pertaining to this officer. If anyone he arrested or came in contact with had or has the disease then isn't that enough proof?Pay the widow her money.

Jim @ 12/30/2011 8:01 AM

Agree with the comment, "He did not have Hep C when he became an officer." I cannot begin to count the number of potential exposures I have had in 25 years as an officer. We deal with that kind of people all the time. My exposures off the job or before becoming an officer I can count on one finger or less! It is obvious where he got it.

And each one of us may have to make the same argument - or at least our widows might. So keep track of your blood tests and make sure that during regular blood work you check for Hep C and others.

I call on God to keep me safe, but the truth is that may not be all that is needed. Follow precautions!


Gmo415 @ 12/31/2011 11:17 AM

It’s a shame that our Brother Ofcr Shaw can't rest in peace while his poor family suffers through this unjust bureaucratic red tape. Mrs. Shaw who worked and suffered alongside her husband deserves her survivor benefits.

Stephanie Shaw Frye @ 12/13/2015 6:13 AM

I'm still fighting to get my mother my fathers death benefits. We no longer live in the house the neighbor bought so we could stay. My mother lives with her aunt. I'm looking for people to help me get his story back in the news. Can anyone help. DeLeo will not let the bill go to vote and will not tell us why. Contact me at Thank you

Stephanie Shaw Frye @ 12/13/2015 6:15 AM

If anyone could help me get my mom my dads Boston Police Officer Ken Shaw death benefits please contact me
Thank you

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