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Family Of Officer Who Died From COVID-19 Denied Workers Comp

Lebanon city officials say the family of a police officer who died of COVID-19 is being denied workers compensation.

The city says Officer Kendle Blackburn died Dec. 28 after an extended battle with COVID-19. The Springfield News-Leader reports the city was told last week that its worker's compensation provider, Missouri Employers Mutual, ruled that Blackburn's death was not covered.

Lebanon Police Chief Bryan Arnold said the decision violates state and national rules designed to protect first responders if they contract the virus while on duty. City officials say they will continue to work to ensure Blackburn's family is compensated.