SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The state’s highest court is allow ing a tribal police officer’s widow to seek workers’ compensation benefits for his death a decade ago while rescuing a boy from a drowning in northern New Mexico.
The state Supreme Court on Thursday reinstated a lawsuit brought over the death of Pojoaque Pueblo Police Officer Kevin Schultz.
The off-duty 44-year-old officer jumped into the Rio Grande near Pilar in August 2002, and saved a 12-year-old boy. Schultz then collapsed in shallow water and drowned.
The state Appeals Court had earlier ruled against his widow, Cheryl, saying she missed a deadline for filing a claim for benefits. But the Supreme Court disagreed and ordered the case back to the appeals court to determine whether Mrs. Schultz is entitled to compensation.