City Council to consider large workers’ comp settlement for injured firefighter


John Meckley
Retired Bloomington firefighter John Meckley. (Photo from City of Bloomington – Fire Facebook page.)


By Howard Packowitz

BLOOMINGTON – The City of Bloomington would pay a retired firefighter almost $129,000 to resolve a workers’ compensation claim, if the city council approves the settlement Monday night.

The staff’s report to the council said firefighter John Meckley re-aggravated a lower back injury when he moved a patient weighing more than 350 pounds using a Mega Mover tarp.

According to staff, an arbitrator indicated the amount of money he would award Meckley ranged from the settlement amount of $128,689.75 to as high as $165,458.25.

Meckley retired almost a year ago after 22 years of service, according to the fire department’s Facebook page.

The money would be paid to Meckley from the city government’s escrow account.

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