Defective Safety Gear: Widow of FF Awarded $40M

ST. LOUIS, MO - A jury in St. Louis awarded Angela Martin and her children $27 million in a judgment against the company that manufactured her husband's defective fire safety equipment according to a recent report from St. Louis Today. Mrs. Martin, the widow of fallen St. Louis firefighter Derek Martin, has received more than $40 million from Survivair Respirators Inc. and its parent company, Bacou-Dalloz, according to family attorneys, after losing their appeal in court.

Jerome Schlichter, the Martin's attorney, argued that the company had known of the product’s defect for years yet failed to properly advise fire departments that had purchased the equipment. The State of Missouri Court of Appeals called Survivair and Bacou-Dalloz cover-up "unquestionably reprehensible." An award totaling $40.4 million was paid last month.