BOSTON (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – The formal Legislative session is over and House lawmakers never got a chance to vote on a bill that would have provided accidental death benefits to the widow of a Boston cop who is now battling breast cancer.
Officer Kenneth Shaw died from hepatitis C in 1998. He worked in the Identification Unit, responding to bloody crime scenes.
Doctors believe Shaw contracted hepatitis C on the job, but the state would not give his widow accidental death benefits because she could not pinpoint the person who gave her husband the disease.
Maura Shaw ended up losing her home and even had to pawn her engagement ring to make ends meet.
After FOX Undercover's report aired in December, a bill was filed to give Maura Shaw the benefits.
House Speaker Bob DeLeo did not allow lawmakers to vote on the bill, but its sponsors are hopeful it can still be passed in the informal session.
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