Paralyzed Fort Worth officer fights to work from home



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Posted on May 21, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Updated Friday, Nov 22 at 7:52 PM

FORT WORTH –– The city of Fort Worth is weighing whether to allow a paralyzed police officer to work from home so she can log enough hours to keep her city benefits.

Lisa Ramsey is required to work 40 hours to remain full time with the department. Twenty of those are covered by a worker's comp type assistance –– the other 20 come from her job performing background checks on new police recruits at the training academy, as she's done since 2007 when she returned to work.

The problem is that recently Ramsey hasn't been able to work her typical weekly shifts. In November, she once again became sick and couldn't go into work. 

She is now proposing to work those hours from home.

"I would have a laptop, cell phone and fax," she said.

The police association gave a presentation to the City Council on Tuesday endorsing the proposal, saying Ramsey could just as easily fulfill her job duties from home. It is unclear who would pay for Ramsey to get a home set-up, although she insists any costs would be minimal. 

The council and mayor advised they are seeking additional information from city HR. Ramsey said she was told by the city's human resources personnel in a meeting earlier this week that they would recommend the council vote to medically retire her.

"I understand it's frustrating for the employee, and it is for us," said Mayor Betsy Price.

There is also concern about whether Ramsey can receive workers comp and other benefits at the same time, Ramsey said.

A decision could come within the next couple of months. 

The woman who was nearly shot to death ten years ago says she just wants the opportunity to earn a paycheck.

"All I want is my job, that is it, just my job," she said.