A recently retired firefighter says his hearing was damaged by 27 years of exposure to loud sirens. City commissioners voted Wednesday night to pay $50,000 to Bruce Wade, to settle his workers’ compensation claim for the hearing damage and another, undisclosed, condition related to his work.
Wade brought up the hearing damage claim last spring, just before he retired.
He wanted $136,500 from the city for both claims, according to a city memo. Besides the $50,000 settlement approved Wednesday, the city had paid $43,000 on the claims already.