ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A state lawmaker is trying to boost benefits for police officers and firefighters hurt in the line of duty.
Last year, Bernalillo County Deputy Robin Hopkins was seriously hurt when a man named Christopher Chase went on a shooting rampage through the North Valley.
Because of state law, while Hopkins is recovering, her pay gets cut and the county doesn’t pay into her pension.
Former APD officer Paul Pacheco’s bill would allow public safety officers hurt in the line of duty to still get their pensions funded while they’re recovering.
“It’s not only a physical struggle, it’s an emotional struggle,” said Rep. Pacheco, R-Albuquerque. “And it’s a spiritual struggle and it’s a big hardship for their families because they are not making as much money as they would be if they were on duty. So I think it’s the right thing to do.”
The bill lets departments determine whether an officer’s injury qualifies them for the extra benefits.