SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state Court of Appeals has ruled that the widow of an off-duty tribal police officer who died in 2002 while rescuing a boy in northern New Mexico is entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
The decision was welcomed Tuesday by a lawyer for Cheryl Schultz, who has waged a long legal battle after a workers’ compensation judge rejected her claim for benefits involving the death of her husband, Kevin, a Pojoaque Pueblo police officer.
He was fishing with a group of children from his church when a 12-year-old boy fell into the Rio Grande. After rescuing the boy, Kevin Schultz collapsed in shallow water and drowned.
The court ruled that workers’ compensation benefits will be provided for off-duty law enforcement officers injured or killed in certain emergency situations.