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September 17, 2012

'Disabled' Chicago medic now a cop

Hand injury 32 years ago kept medic from returning to work and awarded him permanent disability checks

By Tim Novak and Chris Fusco
The Chicago Sun-Times

CHICAGO — A hand injury Gregory J. Serratore suffered while trying to fix a stalled ambulance 32 years ago kept him from returning to work as a paramedic.

So Serratore made a deal to leave the Chicago Fire Department.

Full story: 'Disabled' Chicago medic now a cop

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Rich Fink Rich Fink Monday, September 17, 2012 5:30:12 PM I get screwed on a legitimate shoulder case and this jack ass does this wow what a world
Coty Shoemaker Coty Shoemaker Monday, September 17, 2012 5:31:50 PM This is just sickening, this kind of mentality is what is wrong with this country today.
Michael Lesley Michael Lesley Monday, September 17, 2012 5:51:26 PM Working the system...
Joseph Andrew Luera Joseph Andrew Luera Monday, September 17, 2012 6:11:18 PM Staying under the radar.
Rodney Bassclef Rodney Bassclef Monday, September 17, 2012 6:23:26 PM I don't agree with what he did but he worked all possible angles and got payed. I rather go after high ranking government officials doing the same thing for so MUCH MORE.
Wayne Wozniak Wayne Wozniak Monday, September 17, 2012 6:26:31 PM Unbelievable...
Rebecca Stearns Rebecca Stearns Monday, September 17, 2012 6:42:36 PM Why am I not surprised this took place in Chicago? Every story we read like this comes from here. Something's gotta change on every level.
Desiree Satterwhite Desiree Satterwhite Monday, September 17, 2012 6:48:40 PM WHAT's SAD IS THAT MEDICS, FIREFIGHTERS N POLICE OFFICERS ARE OUT THERE PUTTING THEIR LIVES IN DANGER N WORKING UNDER HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS EVERY DAY, SOMETHING LIKE THIS JUST MAKES IT HARD FOR THOSE MEN AND WOMEN WITH A LEGITIMATE CLAIM TO GET ASSISTANCE AND IT MAKES THE REST OF US LOOK BAD.
Lisa LeRoux Lisa LeRoux Monday, September 17, 2012 8:59:43 PM I have PTSD that ruined my career, denied workers comp, denied any disability, lost my job, and lost my benefits. Now I exist with no medical care at all...no job...no one wants to hire me. Nice. This wasn't something I asked for. I certainly didn't ask for the call that tipped me over yet there is no help for me and others like me. This is so frustrating to hear especially since I'd sell my right leg to be back in Emergency Services.
Dana Campbell Dana Campbell Tuesday, September 18, 2012 7:55:44 AM I'm furious and disgusted. And remember workers comp is a lie if you are really hurt working. Bitter yes. Legitimately, absolutely.
Robin Sams Robin Sams Tuesday, September 18, 2012 8:55:30 AM Way to work the system.... Jerk.
Thomas Horne Thomas Horne Tuesday, September 18, 2012 7:49:58 PM I wonder if the City of New York ever provided any benefits to the medic that contracted Lyme Disease while treating a homeless patient. When I last read about it the city was fighting her tooth and nail. This in spite of her never having been out of the city in her entire life and her attorney's proving that many of the homeless in the city had the ticks that carry Lyme disease on them. -- Tom Horne
David Lamb David Lamb Saturday, February 16, 2013 4:10:52 PM Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh CHICAGO!
Joe Schlosser Joe Schlosser Thursday, March 21, 2013 9:21:51 AM 19,000 a year as a fire medic? Wow Chicago pay is very low. What a shame.
Nancy P. Padilla Nancy P. Padilla Thursday, March 21, 2013 9:50:09 AM THat salary was 32 years ago wasn't it???

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