|Published: 10:37 AM, 10/09/2013
||Last updated: 10:38 AM, 10/09/2013
Author: Michael Thomason
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
MADISONVILLE-A volunteer firefighter
and Monroe County are currently in a dispute over who needs to pay
medical bills stemming from a car wreck.
Wayne Bortz said on July 9 he was on
his way to a fire when he wrecked his car and injured himself bad
enough that was flown to UT Medical Center, racking up $18,000 in
medical bills. He feels since he was doing a job that is partly
funded by the county, the county should pay the bills.
But County Attorney Jerome Melson
disagrees, saying all the county does is give the volunteer fire
departments a donation every year, but that the firefighters aren’t
actually county employees.
"The county does give money to the
volunteer firefighters every year," Melson said, "but we do not
tell them what to do with it. Other than that, the county has nothing
to do with the volunteer departments."
"I see it as Mr. Bortz was in his own
car," Melson added, "going to a fire that, as I understand it, he
was not dispatched to. There were no county ties to him at the time
of his wreck."
See full story in the Wednesday, Oct. 9, edition of The Advocate & Democrat.
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