Firefighter suing city of St. Petersburg after being denied benefits for cancer diagnosis
Aug 16, 2019
Lt. Francis applied to the city for the benefits on July 1. The lawsuit says that despite the fact that Lt. Francis met all the prerequisites for obtaining the benefits, his application was rejected because he was diagnosed before July 1 when the law went into effect.
A local firefighter is suing the city of St. Petersburg after he says he was denied benefits he should have received after his cancer diagnosis.
Back in May, Governor DeSantis signed a bill granting firefighters certain benefits upon receiving a cancer diagnosis.
Lt. Jason Francis has been employed by the city of St. Petersburg's Fire Department for more than 16 years.
"I've always wanted to do it," Francis said.
He said he was diagnosed with thyroid cancer in January of 2019. He had to undergo surgery to have his thyroid and dozens of lymphnodes removed.
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