West Pittston Borough police officer sues borough over 2015 injury

By Patrick Kernan - pkernan@timesleader.com

WEST PITTSTON — A West Pittston police officer is suing the borough, claiming he didn’t receive the full benefits he was entitled to after a 2015 injury.

Ryan Foy, who still works for the borough, filed the suit Tuesday through his attorney, Joseph P. Novak.

According to the three-page document, Foy was injured in the line of duty on Jan. 3, 2015. While the suit does not specify how Foy was injured, he claims in the suit that he received workers compensation benefits.

However, Foy says he was not awarded “Heart & Lung” benefits, which he claims he was entitled to as a result of becoming “temporarily disabled” in the course of his work as an officer.

Foy says West Pittston refused to award him these benefits, nor was he afforded a hearing regarding the benefits.

Borough solicitor Mark Bufalino said Tuesday he had not yet been made aware of the suit, and he did not wish to comment until he had actually read it.

It’s not the first time Foy has found himself at the center of litigation.

Foy, who also works with the Luzerne County Sheriff’s Department, won a suit against the department in 2010, getting his job back after he had been fired in January 2008, only days after former Sheriff Michael Savokinas took office. Foy claimed his firing was politically motivated.

Then in 2013, a federal jury found Foy, along with ex-sheriff Barry Stankus, did not violate the constitutional rights of former deputy sheriff Jennifer Roberts.

Roberts filed a suit in 2008 against Foy, Stankus and the county, claiming Foy violated her rights by videotaping her taking a decontamination shower after she was infested with fleas while serving a warrant at a Wilkes-Barre home in 2007.


By Patrick Kernan


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