Chicago Cop, Donald Barnes Jr., Gets $500,000 In Disability Without Working A Day

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Heat stroke isn't usually the most lucrative turning point in a person's career. But when Donald Barnes Jr. collapsed during a jog on his 10th day of police training, he went on long-term leave, picking up almost $500,000 in tax-free disability over the following 15 years, with the promise of another $1.2 million in pension when he retires, despite never actually working a day.

Barnes was a 30-year-old trainee when he was hit with heat stroke five blocks into a three-mile jog, reports the Chicago Sun-Times, and suffered kidney and liver failure. He had surgery, went through rehab, and has walked with a brace and a slight limp ever since.