Court Rules Slain EMT's Mother Can Collect Death Benefits

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A state appeals court has upheld a decision to allow the mother of a slain emergency medical technician to draw his death benefits.

Mark Davis was shot and killed while responding to an emergency call in Cape Vincent in January 2009.
 
His mother, Marsha Dickinson, has applied for death benefits for herself and Davis's younger brother, claiming that Mark Davis was the family's primary wage earner when he died.
 
The state Workers' Compensation Board granted her request in 2011, but it was appealed.
 
The Appellate Division of the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday, upholding the compensation board's decision.
 
Davis was killed when the man he was treating, Christopher Burke, became agitated and shot Davis with a rifle.
 
Burke was sentenced in 2011 to 16 years in prison for the killing.
Saturday, April 19, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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