Training Is Not An ‘Emergency’

Jennifer Beckman was an officer with the police department in Peoria, Illinois. On February 26, 2015, Beckman participated in mandatory riot training, which included a briefing/classroom session and a field simulation. During the field simulation, Beckman slipped and fell on the snow and ice-covered pavement, striking her head on the ground. Beckman was asked by her fellow officers whether she could continue, as well as whether she wanted to…

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‘Repayment Of Training Costs’ Contract Not Enforceable

When Kevin Marhefka signed on as a police officer with the Borough of Madison in New Jersey, he received a letter from the Borough’s administrator. The letter informed Marhefka that “if you decide to leave your position to accept another law enforcement position you will be assessed the following penalties in accordance with relevant years of service: (1) $5,000 for the first year; (2) $4,000 for the second year;…

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Training Exercise Not ‘Emergency’ For Purposes Of Post-Disability Health Insurance Law

Steven Garris was a fire lieutenant with the Village of Lake Zurich in Illinois. On March 1, 2012, Garris participated in an exercise called “Personal Escape Bags Inservice.” The exercise involved the use of rappelling equipment designed to assist firefighters escaping from buildings. While performing the exercise, Garris sustained a broken ankle. Garris’s injury was caused by “his weight acting as force against the injured extremity while rappelling.” Garris…

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