Disabled Officer & Family Need Help

My name is Scott Griffin and I am the victim/survivor of a drunk driving crash.

I've been employed as a Law Enforcement officer in Wisconsin for nearly 17 years.  My most current assignment was to the Patrol Division and the OWI Task Force (specializing in impaired driving enforcement).

On October 29, 2013 I was involved in the vehicle pursuit of a drunk driver.  The pursuit ended suddenly when the drunk driver (3rd Operating While Intoxicated with a Prohibited Alcohol Concentration of .18) crashed in a freeway interchange and struck my marked squad several times.  Due to the injuries I sustained in the crash I now have a permanent, partial disability, permanent work restrictions, and I am unable to return to work as a Law Enforcement officer.

In June of 2014, after receiving the permanent, partial disability and permanent work restrictions that my employer could not accommodate, I applied for an Accidental Duty Disability retirement.  I didn't appear in front of the pension board until February 18th, 2015 where they decided to forward my application to the medical review board.  I have heard nothing since. 

Workman's Compensation payments stopped once I was assigned the permanent, partial disability.  I then began using my accrued time to be paid.  Once that ran out, which was in early April of 2015, my wife and I raided our retirement accounts to pay our bills and survive.  Now that money is also gone.  Luckily I have family that has provided some assistance.  I currently have over $11,000 in personal loans I owe to family members, and that amount increases every month.

I have attempted to get work.  I was being considered for a position with a national anti-drunk driving advocacy organization and with a local technical college. Both times I was advised I didn't have enough, or the proper education.

I've been working with the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development-Department of Vocational Rehabilitation and I've started school at the Milwaukee Area Technical College and school related bills are piling up (tuition, books, supplies, etc). 

I have been volunteering with the MATC Traffic Safety program and speaking with underage drinkers, first offense drunk drivers, and second and third offense drunk drivers telling my story.  I have spoken to nearly 450 people since beginning last year.

http://www.scrippsmedia.com/tmj4/news/special-assignments/Stunning-Video-High-Speed-Crash-256463601.html


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Organizer and beneficiary

Jennifer Pajdo Shoun Griffin 
Organizer
New Berlin, WI
Scott Griffin 
Beneficiary
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