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Officer's Family Awarded $120,000 for Contracting TB

In what may be an important precedent setting case, the U.S. Department of Justice awarded almost $120,000 to the family of Peter Petrosino, a 57 year old state prison guard at the Auburn, N.Y. prison, who died Oct.24, 1991, as a result of tuberculosis allegedly contracted on the job. The guard caught a rare multi-drug resistant strain of tuberculosis while his duties involved contact with infected prisoners in the University Hospital in Syracuse, N.Y.

The award was made under the Public Safety Officers program, which has previously granted benefits only to families of law enforcement officers killed as a result of shooting or similar physical assaults or accidents on the job. Diseases contracted due to exposure on the job are compensable under the terms of the program, but it appears that no prior similar award has been made.

-National Law Journal

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