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NJ ends disability payments for Raleigh firefighter

Posted January 11, 2011

— A New Jersey panel has decided to stop disability payments for a Raleigh firefighter.

Herman Gregory Ellis, 39, worked for 14 years as a firefighter in Harrison, N.J., near Newark, before retiring on disability in November 2008. Two months before he went on disability, Ellis began working for the Raleigh Fire Department.

The New Jersey Board for the Police and Firemen's Retirement System ruled on Monday to end Ellis' monthly payments. The case is being referred to the New Jersey Attorney General's Office for review. 

In March, Ellis was charged with assaulting his girlfriend. According to court records, police said Ellis grabbed his girlfriend's hair and face. He pleaded guilty and agreed to take an abuser program to have the charge dismissed.

The Star-Ledger newspaper in New Jersey reported in mid-December that Ellis was one of nearly 250 officers and firefighters who received anabolic steroids or hormones from a Jersey City physician.


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  • Apex Man Jan 13, 2011

    NY and NJ police and firemen get to retire with 3/4 pay when they retire on a disability pension. These pension payments are free from both State and Federal income tax as allowed under the laws passed with the support of their unions. The motto of these unions is "twenty and out with a disability pension" tax free and never reviewed. The doctor that wrote the prescriptions committed suicide. The communities were self insure and the cost to the taxpayers was about $8,000 a month per person. They received growth hormones and steroids. Go to the NY Daily News website and do a search and they can explain more about the steroids. While at that website do a search on pension abuse and you will see that this is not an isolated incident and was systemic abuse by these people.

  • bmg379 Jan 12, 2011

    sorry about your luck ,dumdadumdumm dummmmmmbbbb

  • 2AMANDA2 Jan 11, 2011

    it simply says he worked for RFD, it doesn't say he was a fire fighter. and even if his title was fire fighter, it doesn't necessarily mean he went out on calls. people assume that because he was on "disability" and was working that he committed fraud. without knowing the terms of his disability or current job, it remains an assumption. for all we know they could have offered him early retirement and pay because the doctor that gave over 200 fire fighters steroids was sanctioned by their department. there are soooo many variables here. please note that in all previous stories the RFD has maintained that they knew and he hasn't done anything wrong where they are concerned (regarding the disability payments)

  • dwr1964 Jan 11, 2011

    For those who don't understand how disability works, here goes....Disability pays a certain percentage of your sallary at time of disability. After a certain time, that payment drops to a lower ammount, depending of your insurance carrier. Those payments usually continue until your 65th birthday. You are allowed to work while still getting those payments as long as your work only pays a certain ammount per month, usually &1000 a month but that is also determined by your insurance contract. You are not allowed to work full time and receive basically 2 paychecks each month. For service members these rules do not apply because the government has a different set of rules.

  • RM24 Jan 11, 2011

    I wonder who would have been in this firemans place if he was not hired. It could have been a young energetic person that worked his butt off to get that position. But instead we have someone who commits fraud and apparently has a bad attitude. Or at least his girlfriend anyway. SO sorry guys. BAD GUY WINS AGAIN.

  • KwaziMojo Jan 11, 2011

    Roid rage, it's not just for OJ any more.

  • Titus Pullo Jan 11, 2011

    I hope that New Jersey demands repayment of the disability pay.

  • cocker_mom Jan 11, 2011

    scousler - your sense of logic frightens me.

    He "retired" with a disability. 14 years if service doesn't seem like a "normal" retirement to me - so he likely was on a disability retirement - this says he could not work long enough to obtain a normal retirement, and therefore - he can retire with benefits like he would have gotten had he not been hurt.

    Except of course- he didn't HAVE A DISABILITY that prevented him from completing his job.

    He scammed the state. While it is "possible" that he recovered enough to work at his job again - the legal, ethical and honorable thing to do would have been to inform the NJ disability retirement provider that he was going to start working full time again at the same job - or - tell NJ he was able to come back to work.

    He's a liar and a thief. It's pretty simple.

    And as others have noted, his abuse of the disability system impacts us all.

    the steroid and domestic violence stuff seems to be just thrown in...

  • RB-1 Jan 11, 2011

    What's he doing for the RPD?

    Can he do it while still disabled, or is he really not disabled???

    What were the steroids for?

  • roundengines Jan 11, 2011

    This is about the most confusing, incomplete news article I've read in a long time. There are three or four seemingly completely unrelated sets of facts. What the heck does steroid use have to do with anything else in the article? Girlfriend assault? Why did the firefighter originally go on disability?

    I think the author must have slipped on the ice this morning and hit his/her head...