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PEORIA POLICE OFFICERS GIVEN SUB-PAR OR NON-EXISTENT MEDICAL CARE.
NEWS CONFERENCE, 10 A.M. THURSDAY, AUGUST 7TH 2014, NAPIER LAW OFFICE
(2525 E. ARIZONA BILTMORE CIRCLE #135, PHOENIX 85016)

PHOENIX -- We are all aware by now of the egregious treatment our Veterans have been receiving from the Veterans Administration and its hospitals. In a year, three Valley Officers, all Veterans, have received equally sub-standard care thanks to bureaucrats who run the City Insurance programs in Chandler and Peoria. Last year, Chandler Law Enforcement Officer Todd Lysfjord and another officer received a domestic violence call at an apartment complex. Both men slipped on black ice on the sidewalk. Lysfjord, a former Army Ranger, who successfully completed six combat deployments in defense of his community, knew that something was wrong. He went to the medical care provider the City referred him to and then the nightmare began. On February 1st Todd went into a coma and was in ICU for three days. The deterioration of this American hero took nine days. The City denied treatment for his head injury because they insisted on receiving his VA medical records in 48 hours. Because of his security clearance while in the military, his records had to be redacted. The HR Department refused to wait; cancelling his medical coverage. It was only when Officer Lysfjord held a news conference to draw attention to the injustice that the City of Chandler helped this officer get the treatment that he deserved. In the meantime, he waited more than two months to get appropriate medical care. A similar situation has occurred in Peoria with two different Officers denied adequate medical treatment. When will we stop abusing those who keep us safe? In spite of medical evidence to the contrary, Peoria Police Officers Adam Miller and Tomoki Scheideman are being pushed to return to full duty against medical advice.

Peoria’s insurer, Pinnacle Risk Management, is calling an American hero, Adam Miller, a malingerer. Officer Miller served our country for six years in the U.S. Air Force. He is a combat Veteran of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. November 22, 2013 Officer Miller was on duty in his squad car when another driver failed to yield the right of way while driving on a suspended license. Due to injuries he sustained, he was transported from the scene by ambulance and treated at a local emergency room. Officer Miller suffered burns to his forearms and documented spinal injury. His mistreatment by Pinnacle is exacerbated by the fact that Peoria Police Chief Roy W. Minter denied Officer Miller the ability to continue on light duty (against his doctor's recommendations). The Chief's actions have caused Officer Miller to exhaust his personal and sick leave time, leaving him without the means to financially support his wife and three small children. Officer Miller has devoted more than eight years in service to the people of Peoria as a Peoria Police Department Officer.

Meanwhile, Peoria Police Officer Tomoki Scheideman has a nightmare of his own due to Pinnacle Risk Management. On April 28, 2014 at about 2145 hours, he was on duty in his squad car when he felt ill and drove to Peoria Fire Station 191, 8064 W. Peoria Avenue, Peoria, AZ to use the bathroom. He was diagnosed with celiac disease five years ago and felt he might be having a celiac episode so he went to the Fire Station, a secured facility. He was working Swing shift, 1400 hours to 0000 hours. Officer Scheideman remembers walking into the Fire Station and the next thing he knew he woke up in a hospital with Sergeant J. Raith and two of his squad mates by his bedside. He was advised by Dr. Byron Willis that he had fractured his C7 vertebrae and had a concussion.

Below are statements from each of the Officers detailing what they have been through since November and April, respectively.

Peoria Police Officer, Adam Miller:
On November 22, 2013, I was involved in an on duty car accident. The accident was the result of the other driver failing to yield the right of way while driving on a suspended license. Due to injuries I sustained during the accident, I was transported from the scene by ambulance and treated at a local emergency room. I suffered burns to my forearms and documented spinal injury.
I was later denied any further representation on behalf of Workman’s Comp after I sought a second opinion and received an MRI outside of the bounds of Pinnacle Risk Management. I was sent to Dr John L Beghin, a contracted Independent Medical Examiner, who stated his personal opinion was that my injuries were embellished. Workman’s Comp then referred me for a psychological evaluation from another Independent Medical Examiner. The psychological evaluation revealed that I was not exaggerating my injuries but I would be more inclined to downplay my injuries out of fear of judgment on behalf of my employer.
I have documented information from Third Party medical professionals clearly stating I would be a liability and that I am not yet fit for full duty. The Peoria Police Department Command Staff has consistently pressed me to return to full duty despite these documented injuries and doctor’s written notes of recommendation that I remain on light duty while treatment persists. I was allowed light duty on a temporary basis. The light duty (even though beneficial to departmental operations) was terminated by the Chief of Police, Roy W. Minter. The Chief's actions have caused me to exhaust my personal time and sick leave, leaving me without a means to financially support my family.
I have a wife and three small children. Served our country for six years in the U.S. Air Force. A combat Veteran of both Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. I have devoted over eight years of service to the Peoria Police Department with stellar community service.

Peoria Police Officer Tomoki Scheideman:
On April 28, 2014 at about 2145 hours, I felt ill and drove to Peoria Fire Station 191, 8064 W. Peoria Avenue in Peoria, AZ to use the bathroom. I felt I might be having a celiac episode so I went to the Fire Station since it is a secured facility. At the time of the incident I was working as a Police Officer on Swing shift for the Peoria Police Department. My hours 1400 hours to 0000 hours. April 28, 2014, was a Monday which is my work Friday; the end of my work week.

I was wearing an authorized Peoria Police uniform with visible shoulder patches and cloth badge. I was also driving a fully marked Peoria Police vehicle.

I remember walking into the Fire Station. The next thing I remember is waking up in a hospital bed with Sergeant J. Raith and two of my squad mates, Officers M. Hebard and D. Ayres, by my bedside. I was advised by Dr. Byron Willis and another doctor that I had fractured my C7 vertebrae and had a concussion.

My brother, Officer K. Scheideman, spoke to some of the Fire Department personnel at Fire Station 191. They related that they found me in the hallway of the Fire Station with the right side of my head pressed against the wall vertically and my body horizontal on the floor. I was treated by the Fire Department and transported to Banner Thunderbird Hospital located at 5555 W. Thunderbird Road in Glendale, AZ.

My parents drove from Laughlin, NV to see me and stay with me for a week to assist me with getting around and taking care of my daughter.

Once released from the Hospital, I was placed on no duty status, restricted from driving and not able to lift more than 25 pounds. I was in a neck brace. I was placed on industrial at work as my status. This means there were no taxes taken out of my pay. At about six weeks into my recovery, I was advised by Pinnacle (the City’s self-insurance) that they were denying my claim due to a pre-existing condition. Due to Pinnacle denying my claim, the City of Peoria now has to take the taxes out from the 6 weeks I was on industrial. Because of this, I am now only receiving two-thirds of my normal take home pay. This has also forced me to use all of my vacation time, sick time, personal hours, holiday hours and comp time. This still has not covered my time on no duty status. My co-workers, colleagues, friends and family have had to donate time from their own hours to help me through this rough time.

Due to the restrictions, I have had to ask for help picking up my daughter from daycare, going to the grocery store, getting to doctor’s appointments, etc. I am currently divorced and take care of my daughter three days a week. My daughter is four years old. She is still at an age where she wants to be hugged, picked up, played with, etc. Due to my fractured neck I have to tell my daughter, “I can’t ……” I am unable to drive my daughter to the park, take her to play with friends, go to “pump it up” etc.

At this time, I contacted my union representative, Officer M. Newman, and Union President, Michael Faith. I was informed to contact the union’s workman’s comp attorney.

I have been a Peoria Police Officer for nine years. I was an EMT – Basic for about seven years. I was a Fire Fighter for four years in the United States Army. I served my country from November of 1999 to November of 2003. I was very fortunate and was stationed state side during my four years in the United States Army.

I was diagnosed with Celiac Sprue Disease in March, 2009. In July, 2013 I was taken off my gluten free diet because I was asymptomatic. Since that time I have been eating a regular diet with no issues. I have never had a syncopal episode. My research shows that there is nothing that states Celiac Sprue Disease causes passing out, fainting, blacking out, syncope, etc.
I have been in a neck brace for about three (3) months with all the same restrictions. I will be seeing my neurosurgeon soon and hopefully be released to limited duty status with my driving restriction removed.

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MEDIA CONTACT DAY OF EVENT: Carole V. Bartholomeaux, 602.628.2666 or Carole@b-pr.com


New APA Director takes the Helm

On August 3, 2012 The Arizona Police Association is announcing the hiring of Dr. Levi Bolton Jr as its new Executive Director.

Levi was hired following an extensive search conducted by the association selection committee. Levi, clearly not a stranger to the law enforcement community, is retired Phoenix Police Officer having service the citizens of Phoenix for over 32 years. Following his retirement in 2008, he became the Legislative Liaison and Lobbyist for PLEA. Levi has been the law enforcement Liaison the County Attorney’s Office and will continue that relationship. Levi’s last law enforcement active duty assignment was with the Phoenix Police legal Unit where he assisted department employees in crafting and submitting Brady v Maryland rebuttals, a duty he continues throughout his transition as the new Executive Director.

Levi shall be responsible for a wide range of responsibilities for the association including, but are not limited to, representing the association's interest before all federal and state government entities, acting as spokesperson for the association, and overseeing the day to day operations of the Arizona Police Association.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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