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City Revokes Firefighter's Disability Pension

The city board terminated John Sauro's $3,900 tax-free monthly accidental-disability pension on Wednesday

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    City Revokes Firefighter's Disability Pension
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    Fifteen years after the city of Providence, Rhode Island, released firefighter John Sauro with a job-related disability pension, the retirement board says he no longer qualifies for it.

    The city board terminated Sauro's $3,900 tax-free monthly accidental-disability pension on Wednesday. Sauro had been collecting the pension for a dislocated shoulder and torn rotator cuff injury he suffered when he helped carry a large person down a flight of stairs in 1998.

    Sauro came under fire when a TV news report utilized an undercover video camera to show him lifting heavy weights at a fitness center, despite his injuries.

    He says the workout was to improve his physical and mental well-being. Mayor Jorge Elorza says the video clearly shows Sauro abusing Providence's public disability pension system.
     

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