Fallen firefighter’s husband fighting for benefits

The family of Margaret Roberts, a 21-year fire veteran who died of cancer, is fighting with the city of Houston about whether her cancer was caused by her career

By FireRescue1 Staff

HOUSTON — The family of a veteran firefighter who died of cancer is in a battle with the city of Houston for her benefits.

ABC13 reported that Margaret Roberts, a 21-year veteran firefighter, died of multiple myeloma January 2017. Houston Fire Department Chief Sam Pena said in a letter to the state pension system that “her death was a result of an illness sustained in the line of duty.”

However, city officials are forcing Roberts’ family to face a workers' comp judge, despite losing a case for Roberts’ health benefits when she was alive. They claim her cancer was instead caused by her race, weight and family history.

Roberts’ occupational medicine doctor disagreed with Houston’s claims in 2013.

"In my professional opinion, Margaret Roberts' multiple myeloma is work-related,” the doctor said.

"I guess they don't want to pay the benefits that me and my kids have coming," Roberts’ husband, Daniel, said.

Worker's Comp - Firefighters

Houston mourned her as a fallen hero, the chief said she died in the line of duty - so then why is city fighting her mourning husband and kids in court… again. We’re investigating tonight on ABC13 Houston (until then, explore our series on police and worker's comp issues: abc13.co/workerscomp)

Posted by ABC13-Ted Oberg on Tuesday, June 26, 2018


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