The final appeal by the PSOB regarding survivor benefits for Brookhaven Firefighter Christopher Kangas is scheduled for Thursday, January 11th, 2007. The appeal is being heard by the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. As you are well aware, Judge Horn awarded Firefighter Christopher Kangas full benefits guaranteed by the PSOB after a lengthy court battle. The PSOB appealed Judge Horn’s ruling on September 11th, 2006 and the matter was referred to the United States Court of Appeals.
Several members of the department will travel to Washington DC for the appeal on January 11th, 2007 and we pray that the Appeal’s Judge will uphold Judge Horn’s decision. We assured Chris’s family that we will continue to fight for him until the bitter end and that is exactly what we have done. Chris Kangas made the ultimate sacrifice and has earned a spot on the wall at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Maryland. Hopefully, he will be granted this honor on January 11th. Please keep Chris and his family in your thoughts and prayers. We will keep you updated on the outcome.
More information about attending the hearing will be announced in the next couple of days.
Directions are available for those interested in attending the appeal. It is our understanding that the courtroom has seating for approximately 30 to 40 people and there is also standing room in the back. If you are interested in attending we would appreciate your support. Please feel free to contact us at 610-872-8093 for directions.
The Appeal will be heard Thursday, January 11th at 9:30 a.m. If you plan on attending the Appeal we recommend that you leave early due to heavy traffic and limited parking in Washington. It is our understanding that the public rarely attends this type of appeal. Hopefully, our presence will send a message to the judge regarding the seriousness of his decision. We appreciate your continued support and promise to keep you informed of the status. Hope to see you there on January 11th.