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The fifth victim

Jessica Heslam talks to the family of Boston Police Officer Dennis Simmonds, to whom the state Retirement Board yesterday awarded $150,000 in recognition of his death from injuries he suffered during the battle with the Tsarnaevs in Watertown - a year later.

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Another "get it said in 500 words or less" story from the Herald. I know its bad form to question our "heroes", but why no background about how this was man's passing was Marathon-incident related? How does being present at a friendly-fire filled gun battle and then passing away a year later result in a $150k line of duty award? Was the officer in the hospital for that year? Was he on paid leave due to injuries sustained in the battle? Were the injuries sustained directly tied to the events of April 18th and how did that eventually result in death from a heart attack and brain aneurysm?

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And some people felt the impact of those bombs.

(less than 20 words)

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For this cop, its all confidential medical records and not the public's business. That woman in JP, well, she is getting dragged through all the media wringers and had all sorts of details about her personal business made public. I'm not saying if one or the other individual is in the right or wrong, just that they are getting vastly different treatment by the media and what is disclosed.

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And if the cop put in a bogus claim, wouldn't he be put through the same ringer? (see the firefighters who are bodybuilders on the side while collecting disability).

I don't think it is a double standard unless you think this guy isn't being investigated properly.

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if I remember correctly, didn't release her medical records to the One Fund, where she applied (and received) compensation. But she wanted more money. Apples and oranges--one is a state fund, and the other is the One Fund.

There was no dispute that the officer was at the scene.

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... but apparently he had chronic health problems after the injury, including recurring splitting headaches, that suggested brain damage.

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