A Black Firefighter’s Family Is Denied Death Benefits Because Cause Of Her Death Is Ruled To Be Related To Her Race

Being a firefighter is a job that when one decides to be come one it’s because they have a passion and desire to help people while serving the community.  As dangerous as the job is, the men and women if the fire fighting community put their lives on the line everyday they don the uniform.

Margaret Roberts gave her job 21 years of her life and served the city of Houston but the city is not giving her family their just due by denying the family her death benefits.

It’s been stated the denial is because the City of Houston has deemed her death from Myeloma cancer was due to her race, weight and family history.

Read more as reported by Diversity Inc:

Photo Credit: Fox26 Houston

For 21 years, Margaret Roberts served her city as a firefighter. She put her life on the line almost daily and wanted to retire after fulfilling her duties.

Roberts was well-respected among family members and neighbors. According to loved ones, she was a “joy to be around.” But she would never see retirement.

Her diagnosis of multiple myeloma, an aggressive cancer usually affiliated with firefighters and Sept. 11th victims, in 2013 forced her to leave and go to on disability. She later died from the disease in January 2017.

An investigative report by ABC 13 discovered that the city of Houston had failed to give her mourning family her death benefits. Apparently, the city did not believe her cancer was work-related; even after Houston Fire Department Chief Sam Pena wrote two letters to the Texas state pension system and The 100 Club so that her grieving family could get the benefits she deserved, the city still denied the claim. Pena stated in both letters that Roberts developed myeloma as a direct result of her time on the squad and he wrote, “Declared a Line of Duty Death.”

Officials claimed Roberts’ illness and subsequent death was because of her race, weight and family history.

“The city saw the opportunity to re-dispute the claim starting all over again,” said Mike Sprain, the Roberts family attorney.

Source: Diversity Inc

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