Family of wounded BCSO deputy may lose health benefits

Created: 12/09/2013 10:44 PM
By: Danielle Todesco, KOB Eyewitness News 4

As Bernalillo County Deputy Robin Hopkins recovers after being shot in the line of duty, some of her benefits are on the line.

Bernalillo County Deputies Association President Kyle Hartsock says the moment she was sent to the hospital, contributions stopped going into her retirement fund.

He also said this March, Hopkins' husband and young son will no longer be covered under her health insurance.  Deputies have started donating their own vacation and sick leave to Hopkins to keep her covered, but Sgt. Aaron Williamson with the sheriff's department says if they switch her to donated time, she will lose her worker's compensation, which is covering all her medical bills.

Bernalillo County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins had this put on the agenda for discussion and it could lead to a change in policy.

"We want to make sure if we have someone who is injured in the line of duty, that they don't pay a financial penalty in addition to recovering from their injuries," Hart Stebbins said.

She says if they get a policy change at the county level, they will likely push for a change in state law at the upcoming legislative session.

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