The Knox City Council is expected to continue discussion regarding insurance benefits for an injured fireman after tabling the discussion at their previous meeting. Mayor Rick Chambers asked Fire Chief Kenny Pfost to figure out the average pay received by firefighters to allow the council to decide whether to increase the insurance benefits to $600, $800, or $1000 weekly at an additional expense.
Chambers said the fireman, Wayne Noah, was injured while investigating a fire when a change in pressure forced him off of the house floor and onto the ground, twisting an ankle and preventing him from working his full-time job. The fireman is employed at a factory and has since been unable to work due to his injury. The problem is, the city’s insurance will only pay $300 a week to reimburse him for employment benefits, but Chambers said the employee makes significantly more than that at his full-time job, where he has been unable to work for several weeks.
The council will continue the discussion Tuesday night at 7 p.m. at Knox City Hall, where Pfost is expected to present his report to the council for discussion.