Report: Chicago Firefighters and Paramedics Have Collected Over 27 Million in Tax-Free Disability

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that there are currently 390 Chicago Fire Department firefighters and paramedics on disability, collecting more than $27 million tax free through their pension fund.

That is more than the number of police personnel collecting disability, even though the Fire Department has half the number of total employees, the Sun-Times’ Tim Novak and Chris Fusco report.

The Fire Department employees on disability are also eligible for free medical insurance for themselves and their families, the newspaper reports.

And the report says like police officers, the firefighters rarely return to work.

The newspaper also quotes a Fire Department spokesman as saying personnel “on disability can hold another job,” if the job doesn’t conflict with their physical limitations.

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