The wife of a former Elsmere (NY) Fire Chief who died after responding to an emergency call will receive death benefits that were initially denied because the emergency was deemed routine activity.
Kathleen Shea was denied death benefits after her husband, Kevin Shea, died in January 2004 following an emergency call at the Good Samaritan Nursing Home in Guilderland.
Kevin Shea responded to the scene after an unusual odor was reported and died 40 minutes later from a heart attack. The Department of Justice denied the death benefits because it said the activity was routine.
The denial was reversed Wednesday….Shea will receive the benefits but did not say when she will receive the money or what the amount is.
Shea will be the second widow of a firefighter from the Capital Region to receive death benefits that were initially denied by the Justice Department.
Susan Falkouski, wife of former Rensselaer Assistant Fire Chief Michael Falkouski, was granted $300,000 earlier this month. Michael Falkouski suffered a stroke and died while responding to an emergency call in January 2005. The death was initially considered routine.