Re: Disabled (Ha!)
Former firefighter John Sauro remains permanently and totally disabled from doing his job in the Fire Department, an orthopedic surgeon has concluded after a special examination.
But the surgeon recommended additional tests to confirm his finding.
The report by Dr. Anthony DeLuise Jr. was submitted Wednesday to the city Retirement Board, which voted to have the additional tests done.
Sauro, you’ll recall, retired in his late thirties with his tax-free disability pension of $45,600 and fully paid health benefits and at age 48 spends a great deal of time bodybuilding. As Monique highlights, Dr. DeLuise’s conclusion was based on a physical exam, viewing of WPRI’s sting video of Sauro’s workout, and the decade-old medical records that won Sauro his boon in the first place.
This initial finding is just part of the process, of course — which process appears designed to delay and give politicians and bureaucrats plenty of opportunity to grant Sauro and his union a soft exit from the public spotlight. Meanwhile, in the wave of controversy and careful phrases, like “permanently and totally disabled from doing his job,” the larger question is lost:
- Even if Sauro has difficulty with a very limited range of motion
- and even if the risk of further injury makes it inadvisable for him to perform active firefighter duties
- should a public-safety-job-related injury mean that the employee never has to work another day in his life even though his impairment is so minimal as to be unobservable?