A widow is fighting to keep her husband’s death benefits.
She says he previously worked as a firefighter and died of cancer in 2012.
The benefits were awarded to her, but she says the City of McAllen wants to stop them.
Robert Torres served as a firefighter in McAllen for 26 years and was close to retirement.
Cristela Torres, his widow, says, “He was diagnosed in November of 2011 and he died exactly a year and one day later.”
Cristela says Torres fought to keep his job as he battled stage four stomach cancer.
“He used every method possible in the fire department to try and stay employed as long as he could, which only lasted about nine months,” she explains. “By the summer of 2012 he had to retire, he had no choice. He had to retire because he was out of days,” she says.
Torres requested workers compensation claiming the cancer was an occupational disease.
The request was initially denied and Torres passed away in November of 2012.
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