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January 21, 2010
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Terminally ill Ariz. officer told he can keep job

Officer Mark Kelly was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease

East Valley Tribune

MESA, Ariz. — A Mesa police officer diagnosed with a terminal illness will get to remain on the job.

Officer Mark Kelly, 30, said he was told by assistant police Chief John Meza last week that city officials told him Kelly can no longer work for the Mesa Police Department because of his medical condition. Kelly was told by city officials on Wednesday he will keep his job, said Bryan Soller, president of the Fraternal Order of Police Mesa Lodge No. 9, and Mesa City Manager Chris Brady.

In April, Kelly was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, more commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease, a terminal neurological disorder that destroys the nerve connections between muscles and the brain. He was given two to five years to live.

The Mesa Police Association and the Fraternal Order of Police Mesa Lodge No. 9, the city's two police unions, reached a resolution for Kelly with the city on Wednesday that allows him to remain on the job and keep his benefits, Soller said.

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