SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) — The City of Salem will withdraw its appeal to the Oregon Supreme Court regarding benefits to the family of longtime firefighter Mo Stadeli, who died in 2019 from job-related cancer.
The move comes after hundreds of firefighters and community members rallied outside city hall Monday evening.
“I’m very sorry for all the harm we’ve caused to Mo’s spouse,” said Salem Mayor Chris Hoy.
City Manager Keith Stahley made the announcement at a meeting Monday night, a decision met by applause from those in attendance.
“After receiving further input from city council earlier this evening, I have directed City Attorney Dan Atchison to withdraw the petition to the Oregon Supreme Court to review the decision,” he said.
After serving the City of Salem for 28 years, Firefighter Maurice “Mo” Stadeli, was diagnosed with tonsillar cancer in 2018 and died in 2019.
Following Stadeli’s death, the fire fighter’s council says Stadeli’s widow, Tina, was denied death benefit claims from the city before the Oregon Appellate Court recognized Stadeli’s death was due to occupational cancer and his death was classified as a line of duty death in 2021.
“I was kind of blown away by it. I was expecting them to say they would take it into consideration,” Tina said.