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High Threshold For Stress Claims Illustrated By South Carolina Case

Raquel Martinez was employed as a master deputy forensic investigator with the Spartanburg County, South Carolina Sheriff’s Office. On April 4, 2005, Martinez was called to perform a forensic accident investigation involving an incident where Anthony Johnson, a Greenville County deputy sheriff and a former officer with the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office, accidentally killed his two-year-old daughter while backing his patrol car out of his driveway. As part of…

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Work-Related Stress Leads To Officer’s Suicide

Russell Wilde was a lieutenant for the Cranford, New Jersey Police Department. On September 16, 1999, when Hurricane Floyd struck, Wilde was designated incident commander, and he was put in charge of coordinating the Township’s rescue and recovery efforts. In one 51-hour period, Wilde worked approximately 28 hours. On the day following the 51-hour period, Wilde died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Wilde’s widow, Tracey Wilde,…

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Firefighter’s Court Testimony Protected By Whistleblowing Law

John Bedo worked for the City of Ecorse, Michigan Fire Department from 1973 to 2006. In the 1990s, he was promoted to fire captain, and in 2003 and 2004, he temporarily served as Fire Chief. In mid-2004, he returned to his position as fire captain. On June 9, 2006, the Department reduced the number of firefighters required to be on duty at any one time. Later that day, Bedo…

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