Firemen’s funds questioned by Insurance Commissioner

By Rick Nichols
Valley Falls Vindicator – March 28, 2014
Submitted by Newz Group Clipping Service – March 28, 2014

The Jefferson County Board of Commissioners looked over copies of a letter Steven M. Lehwald, the Kansas Insurance Department’s administrator for the Firefighter Relief Act, has sent to County Attorney Jason Belveal advising him that the department had “received information that funds received by the Jefferson County No. 11 Firefighter Relief Association under the firefighter relief act were not being expended for the purposes authorized by the act.” The letter to Belveal was accompanied by an article in the Feb. 20 issue of The Valley Falls Vindicator, in which it was reported that Earl Stevens, treasurer of Jefferson County District 11 ambulance service, told the “fire board” that the ambulance service’s  “bank balances were not affected by a recent ambulance purchase.” According to the article, Stevens “advised the board that the $42,000 for the ambulance was borrowed from the Firemen’s Relief Fund.”

Lehwald’s letter states that “the Jefferson County No. 11 ambulance service is not part of the fire department and an ambulance truck is not equipment for the fire department.” It goes on to say that until his department has been notified by the county attorney that the situation has been corrected, the association will not be eligible to receive “any funds from the firefighters relief act.”

Gwen Romine, KSFFA Webmaster


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