A Former NYPD Officer retired for knee injuries and receiving taxpayer-funded pension has been running triathlons while fellow officers struggle to receive benefits.
According to the New York Daily News, Rachel Niccoll spent 13 years on the force before retiring in 2009 due to a knee injury- one that entitles her to $66,083 a year, plus benefits.
Despite this, she has completed around eight triathlons around the globe since her retirement- including the 2013 Escape From Alcatraz triathlon where she placed 50th in her age group.
Niccoll, 44, was outed by a letter to the New York Daily News by a “Concerned Citizen” who submitted photos and records of Niccoll’s many athletic exploits.
“She has, since retirement, been able to participate in several grueling sports events which many able body full duty (Members of the Service) would have a hard time participating much less finishing,” the letter read.
“Why am I doing this? Many truly deserving individuals have been denied or put through the ringer to get their benefits.”
In fact, many NYPD officers have been fighting for benefits, some for quite some time
Just last month, Leo Affairs told the story of Sara Salerno, a 46 year-old former Detective who blew out her knee while working for the NYPD. Salerno also contracted respiratory problems and lupus while working at Ground Zero after the 9/11 attacks.
Despite being injured while working for the NYPD, the Police Pension Fund has repeatedly rejected her claims.
Meanwhile, Officers like Niccoll and former NYPD Officer Christopher DePaolis collect full pension due to their knee injuries, yet are able to run in sporting events and -in the case of DePaolis- return to work with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office in Florida.
“I was at a loss for words,” Salerno said about DePaolis. “We’ve all encountered these cops who seem to get away with murder, and the honest cops have to fight and fight. I was like, ‘Oh my God. Who did he know?’ ”
“He’s running races, and I get winded going up the stairs,” she said. “There’s something wrong about the whole thing. There needs to be something done about it.”
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