Lost info prevents retired cop with throat cancer from receiving 9/11 disability pension

Retired NYPD lieutenant, Francisco Velez, is fighting for his 9/11 disability pension.

Velez has throat cancer from working at the recovery effort, and has twice been approved for a pension by the NYPD Medical Board reports Graham Rayman in the Daily News on January 26, 2016.

But the city’s Police Pension Fund rejected his case both times. Due to missing documentation, Velez is unable to prove he worked at the World Trade Center site for the minimum of 40 hours. He has official documents proving he was there for 36 hours and affidavits from coworkers and supervisors showing that he was there much longer than that.

New York City’s Law Department and the Police Pension Fund both declined comment.

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