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Posted on: March 2, 2021

RELEASE: 21-10 - Officer’s COVID-19 death claim reconsidered

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RELEASE: 21-10

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Officer’s COVID-19 death claim reconsidered


Mayor Jared Carr announced today that Missouri Employers Mutual, the city’s workers’ compensation insurance provider, has reconsidered and will honor Officer Kendle Blackburn’s workers’ compensation claim.


Officer Blackburn died on Dec. 28, 2020 following an extended battle with COVID‐19.


“We are thankful Missouri Employers Mutual made this decision,” Carr said. “We recognize the sacrifice Officer Blackburn made for our community and while we know he can never be replaced, hopefully these benefits will help ease the burden on Officer Blackburn’s family.”


“We appreciate Missouri Employers Mutual’s willingness to work with us on this as they work to understand COVID claims and the presumption order. We also want to express our appreciation to Chris Meckem at First State Insurance Agency for facilitating this conversation. This result also would not have been possible without the assistance of Gov. Mike Parson, State Sen. Sandy Crawford and State Rep. Jeff Knight,” Carr said.


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