Family of fallen officer gets 50K medical bill

LAS VEGAS -- Two months have passed since one of the worst days the valley has ever seen when Metro Police officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo were shot and killed as they ate lunch.

Their families have started to try to live life without them, but one of the families got a heartbreaking reminder of their loss in the mail: a $56,000 medical bill from University Medical Center.

At first, Officer Alyn Beck was badly hurt in the ambush shooting by two extremists and rushed inside the trauma doors at UMC on June 8.

"I will tell you, first hand, it was a very emotional day for them that day," Danita Cohen of UMC said. "They do everything they can to save everybody's life, but when it's a Metro officer, there's an emotional connection."

An entire trauma team worked to save Alyn's life and everything in their will was used, but Beck was too badly hurt.

"Our trauma team, they are really tough folks, this is what they do, this is what they are trained for to take care of lives," Cohen said. "When it's a Metro officer they are taking care of, it's like taking care of family. Metro is here all the time."

In the days and weeks following the horrific tragedy, the men and women at Metro Police and UMC tried to move on. The families of the officers tried to move on as well, but mail brought a painful reminder of Alyn Beck's family's loss.

A hospital bill was sent to the Beck's family. It added up all the costs of the trauma team and medical supplies which totaled $56,000.

"I can't speak specifically on this patient or this family, because we want to respect their privacy, but what I can say is that, even when a patient does pass away, and it's very unfortunate when it happens, there is still a cost associated with providing that care with providing that life saving treatment and unfortunately the families do get a bill in the mail often times for that care," Cohen said.

Metro Police says the bill should not have been sent to the family.

"When these statements are sent out by UMC, they typically come here first, to LVMPD and workers comp addresses those issues. Again, from what we can tell, it's an error, and it's something we will absolutely take care of," Metro Police officer Jose Hernandez said.

Metro will look into why the bill was sent to the family and says any injury or death in the line of duty is handled internally. Medical bills usually never go to a family, especially to families that have already given so much.

University Medical Center could not comment on whether the billing in this case was handled the correct way.

8 News NOW asked whether officer Igor Soldo's family should expect a bill in the mail, hospital staff couldn't comment on that either.

 


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