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Retired Detroit Firefighters Battle Cancer And Medicals Bills

Detroit’s retired firefighters made it through the city’s bankruptcy with their pensions intact, but they lost their healthcare.

Today, many of these retired firefighters aren’t just battling illnesses like cancer – they’re also shouldering tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills.

From the Here & Now Contributors Network, Michigan Radio’s Kate Wells reports.

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Gary Schultz is a retired Detroit firefighter with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. (Kate Wells/Michigan Radio)
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Gary Schultz is a retired Detroit firefighter with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. (Kate Wells/Michigan Radio)
Duane and Ginger Kelley get a stipend from the city to buy healthcare: $125 for her and $175 dollars for him. (Kate Wells/Michigan Radio)
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Duane and Ginger Kelley get a stipend from the city to buy healthcare: $125 for her and $175 dollars for him. (Kate Wells/Michigan Radio)

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