Former Fire Marshall, still recoverin...

Former Fire Marshall, still recovering from serious illness

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William Jennings

Valliant, OK

#1 Jan 6, 2012
Raymond Slaton, served for over 35 years as either Volunteer Fireman or Fire Chief for the Valliant area. He contacted a near fatal decease, a form of virus, back in September 2011. This particular virus attacks parts of the brain and leaves scar tissue. The Doctors at Baylor in Dallas told us most people who have this do not leave the hospital.
Raymond as always is the exception, although he did recover, somewhat. Doctors say he will never return to work. You cannot see his problem by looking at him, however; if you knew him prior to this disease you would know he has changed.
He has been off work long enough now that he has to pay for cobra Health insurance, which I be leave is $1,200 a month, and medical bills just keep piling up. I think volunteer firemen receive $10 ( I may be wrong) each time they respond to a call, no matter how long they are on duty at the wreck or fire. He is of course retired now and receives a small retirement check less than $400 a month. He is a HERO but would tell you he was just doing his job, no matter what the hour or weather.

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