After raising the city’s workers’ compensation benefits in January, the Knox City Council held an executive session Tuesday night prior to their regularly scheduled meeting to discuss the possibility of back-pay for an injured Knox fireman who was out of work after suffering an injury while investigating a fire.
A volunteer fireman for the city of Knox who was injured on the job is still out of luck regarding his workers’ compensation. Wayne Noah was injured while investigating a fire when a change in pressure forced him off of the house floor and onto the ground, twisting an ankle and preventing him from working his full-time job. The fireman is employed at a factory and was unable to work due to his injury.
The Knox City Council will meet for their regularly scheduled meeting this evening at the Knox City Hall to discuss a number of agenda items, including further discussion of the insurance compensation for an injured volunteer fireman.
The fireman, Wayne Noah, was injured while investigating a fire when a change in pressure forced him off of the house floor and onto the ground, twisting an ankle and preventing him from working his full-time job. The fireman is employed at a factory and has since been unable to work due to his injury. The problem is, the city’s insurance will only pay $300 a week to reimburse him for employment benefits, but Chambers said the employee makes significantly more than that at his full-time job, where he has been unable to work for several weeks.
The council will also elect their president for 2014 and appoint department heads, as well as discuss a fire contract for Center and Jackson townships.
The Knox City Council is expected to continue discussion regarding insurance benefits for an injured fireman after tabling the discussion at their previous meeting. Mayor Rick Chambers asked Fire Chief Kenny Pfost to figure out the average pay received by firefighters to allow the council to decide whether to increase the insurance benefits to $600, $800, or $1000 weekly at an additional expense.
Knox-Center Township firefighter Wayne Noah and Fire Chief Kenny Pfost were at the Knox City Council meeting Tuesday night to raise questions about Noah’s injury claim through the city.
Noah was injured five weeks ago while assisting in an investigation at a fire scene. He fractured his ankle in the incident and has filed a claim through the city. He has received some money from the insurance but not all of what is owed to him.
Mayor Rick Chambers passed out praise at the Knox City Council meeting this week. Chambers thanked Knox City Police Officer, Chad Dulin, and Knox-Center Township fireman, Wayne Noah, for quick action in saving the life of a child in an accident that occurred Saturday at 200 East and State Road 8. The car went into the ditch and began filling with water. The pair arrived on scene and helped get the child out of the car. The fire department then arrived on the scene and extricated the driver out of the car.
The Mayor also praised the Knox High School Girls basketball team who brought home the first Sectional crown since 1995.
A Knox City Police officer and a Knox fireman are being hailed as heroes after they freed occupants of a overturned car in a deep ditch filled with water.
On Saturday afternoon, the Starke County Sheriff’s Department received a call of a traffic accident on State Road 8 near 200 East. The caller stated he was following his wife, Tessa J. Haney, when her vehicle hit a patch of ice and she lost control of the vehicle. It landed on its top in a deep ditch on the south side of the roadway with water filling the car.
The Knox Center Township Fire Department received a grant for $44,650 from the Assistance to Firefighters grants awarded through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Fire Chief Kenny Pfost told WKVI that the grant money will be used for a breathing air compressor, a cascade system and a truck-mounted air fill station. Continue reading