The financial future of the family of a 51-year-old Buffalo Grove firefighter who died of colon cancer will soon be decided by a trio of appellate court judges who on Tuesday began considering a decision to award his widow and their four children her late husband’s full pension benefits.
The case involves the village of Buffalo Grove’s appeal to the Second District Appellate Court to overturn a 100% line of duty death pension benefit award to the family of late firefighter Kevin Hauber. The move to award full pension benefits was approved by the village’s Firefighters’ Pension Board in 2018 and upheld earlier this year by a Lake County Circuit Court judge.
On Tuesday, the appellate court justices heard impassioned pleas from several attorneys, including the village’s attorney, William Nichols. He acknowledged that the Hauber case concerns “a sad and unfortunate situation.”
“This is a highly sympathetic case, and it’s very difficult … but you still have to prove something more than the inherent risk,” Nichols said.