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The Toledo City Council chambers were filled to capacity Wednesday night with residents who wanted to speak about or show support for fired city maintenance employee Shannon Monroe. Monroe and another man, Robert “Therron” Kraft were seriously injured May 5 when their vehicle was sideswiped by a Land Rover driven by a Newport teenager. Another man in Monroe’s vehicle was treated and released.
Monroe’s wife, Kim Monroe, spoke emotionally during the public comment period August 15, telling council members the story of the auto wreck and her husband’s efforts to physically and emotionally recover. According to Kim Monroe, Shannon Monroe was on leave under the Family Emergency Medical Leave Act (FEMLA), “but FEMLA ran out July 31,” and he expected to return to work soon. “He was told (by his supervisor) he would have light duty, (but) his doctor has not released him. He made it clear he would like to come back,” she added.
Kim Monroe noted that a number of city employees donated sick time to her husband so he could continue to draw pay. (Read full article)