Life in limbo
ALL Steve Pope wants is a fair go.
He is not interested in taking advantage of the system or getting anything for free. However, a life in limbo is what faces the police officer if the NSW Coalition Government follows through on its plan to scrap the NSW Police Death and Disability Scheme.
Steve, who has been working with the Coffs Clarence Local Command for seven years, was assaulted when making an arrest in 2009, leaving him with a shoulder injury - which resulted in him undergoing an operation 18 months after the incident.
During rehabilitation after the operation, Steve faced more sobering news - he had an aggressive brain tumour and was told he had only four months to live.
"I always had the goal of putting on that blue uniform again and to return fully operational," he said.
"Everything was going ahead until a month ago, when at work on light duties, I was told that due to my shoulder injury, it would be unlikely that day would come."
Steve now faces being dropped from the force, with no financial assurance for himself and his family.
"If they take the scheme away, I and a lot of my colleagues will have nothing.
"I don't want to be punished for not working because of an injury I sustained while on the job."