SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's highest court is allowing a tribal police officer's widow to seek workers' compensation benefits for his death a decade ago while rescuing a drowning boy from the Rio Grande.
The state Supreme Court on Thursday reinstated a lawsuit brought over the death of Pojoaque (poh-WAH'-kay) Pueblo Police Officer Kevin Schultz.
The off-duty 44-year-old officer jumped into the river near Pilar in August 2002 and saved a 12-year-old boy, who had fallen in while fishing. Schultz then collapsed in shallow water and drowned.
The state Appeals Court had earlier ruled against his widow, Cheryl, saying she missed a deadline for filing a claim for benefits. But the Supreme Court disagreed and ordered the case back to the appeals court to determine whether the woman is entitled to compensation.