Survivors of Fallen New Jersey Firefighter Denied Benefits for Years

The widow and children of fallen Flanders (NJ) Assistant Chief Tom Shields have been denied survivors benefits for more than three years, according to news reports.

A report on ( told how Shields died on May 31, 2011 after responding to Mountainview Elementary School on a report that a child was suffering from heat exhaustion (the child recovered). Shields subsequently died from an apparent heart attack, and the fire company says his death came in the line of duty.

The township’s workers’ compensation carrier, Health-Lynx, however, reportedly says that it’s not responsible for paying out survivor benefits to Shield’s wife, Nicole, and his children.

Last week, local firefighters rallied at the Mount Olive town council meeting in support of Shields’s survivors.

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