Oklahoma City Council To Consider Payout For OKCFD COVID-19 Victim's Family

Tuesday, January 19th 2021, 6:53 am
By: Colby Thelen

Oklahoma City -

The Oklahoma City council will vote to authorize to pay the family of an OKC firefighter who died of complications brought on by COVID-19. 

Major Andy Davis was the first city employee to die as a result of the virus. He lost his battle on Christmas Eve. 

A resolution could allow his family to receive worker's compensation.

The joint resolution between the city of Oklahoma City and the Municipal Facilities authorizes Risk Managers and the family’s legal team to proceed with the claim. 

It states Major Davis was exposed to the virus on the job and his death arose within the scope of his employment.

The law allows statutory workers' compensation death benefits to go to the spouse and dependents if applicable. 

The settlement would provide a lump sum of $100,000 dollars to Davis’ spouse and $50,000 to his children, or other heirs.

Once the workers' compensation commission reviews the claim, the council adopts it, and the mayor signs it, the family can receive the payment.

Major Davis was a 20 year veteran of the department. 

The resolution will be taken up by the council at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.