In­jured of­fi­cer col­lects $500K

Woonsocket Call - - REGION / OBITUARIES / FAITH -

SOUTH KINGSTOWN (AP) — A for­mer Rhode Is­land po­lice of­fi­cer who was de­nied a dis­abil­ity pen­sion five times af­ter fil­ing ap­peals has re­ceived over $500,000 in pay de­spite not work­ing as an of­fi­cer since 2010.

WPRI-TV re­ports for­mer South Kingstown Po­lice Of­fi­cer Da­mon Bor­relli was in­jured in an on-duty crash and con­fronta­tion on March 20, 2010.

Borelli said he suf­fered a back in­jury and post-trau­matic stress dis­or­der, but the state re­tire­ment board ruled he doesn’t have a work-re­lated dis­abil­ity.

Bor­relli, who is now a lawyer, is al­lowed to earn full pay along with bonuses dur­ing his ap­peals of the board’s rul­ings, in­clud­ing his pend­ing Su­pe­rior Court ap­peal.

South Kingstown Town Man­ager Robert Zar­netske says the case has dragged on a long time and the po­lice depart­ment has had to op­er­ate with one less of­fi­cer.

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