Some Toledo firefighters battling cancer are now battling something else. It’s the City of Toledo itself.
That’s because the city is taking them to court over Worker’s Comp claims that have already been accepted. It’s a fight that could affect their long term health but in the short term it’s causing lots of stress
It all starts with a state law saying firefighters who contract cancer are presumed to have contracted it through their job and can get worker’s compensation. The assumption was that would be the end of the story but the City of Toledo is digging in.
We often think of the heroic things firefighters do when buildings are burning or people need help but we sometimes forget the human side. In this case it is cancer. “When this happened it was like being strapped into a roller coaster because basically I was just along for the ride,” said Toledo firefighter Miguel Castillo.