Off Duty Deputy Denied Worker's Comp

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

DENVER (AP) -- The off-duty deputy who risked his life to try to save a baby from a fire in Aurora last week says he's been denied workers' compensation benefits.

Denver County sheriff's deputy George Gatchis says he's been told he has to use his own insurance because he wasn't on the clock when he made two attempts to save the baby at a home day care center last week. He wasn't able to reach the three-month-old boy, who died in the fire.

Gatchis was on his way home from the graveyard shift when he saw the burning house last week and stopped to help. After initially resisting, his supervisors allowed him to take administrative leave with pay to recover from his injuries.

Gatchis says he feels letdown because he believes deputies are always on duty.

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