The Times special investigation, "To Serve & Collect" was published simultaneously in the St. Petersburg Times from March 31 through April 2, 1996.
Scores of Tampa Bay police officers and firefighters have retired on generous -- and tempting -- disability pensions.
Tampa's $636-million police and fire pension fund is a cash cow for both pensioners and pension fund insiders.
Having problems with the boss? For some police and firefighters, a disability pension can be the way out of a sour situation.
The Times investigation found:
This illustration shows how much a specific injury is worth on average in workers' compensation inthe Tampa Bay area.
The Continuing Story
State considers making disability benefits betterLocal officals are upset by a bill in the Legislature that would enhance public safety officers' already-lucrative disability pensions.
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