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Posted by portugalpress on May 14, 2018

Firefighters are up-in-arms over the treatment of one their injured heroes who survived against all odds after being horrifically injured in last summer’s wildfires.

Rui Rosinha spent three months in a coma. He has endured skin graft surgery in Spain, months of recovery in hospital and still requires specialist treatment.

Right now, he is deemed 85% incapacitated.

If he cannot return to work, he has been told he will have to opt for early retirement which would see him receiving a pension of just €267 per month.

The news has left his colleagues disgusted, say reports, while PSD MPs have already taken the issue up with the Ministry of Work and Social Solidarity.

Over social media, outrage has been palpable with Portuguese citizens bemoaning the “form of democracy” that can treat its people in this way.

Fortunately for Rui Rosinha, this is a pre-election year. The government will find it hard to ignore the media attack which has already seen a “Major Interview” followed by debate on RTP television.

Elsewhere, friends and family are hoping to use the Pedrógão Grande commemoration, scheduled for June 17 at the parish church of Vila Facaia, Leiria, to “shout the shame” of this miserable pension for a firefighter who was simply caught out “when he tried, among the flames, to save people”.

At least 65 people were killed in the fires of Pedrógão Grande, and technical reports compiled by independent experts have since blamed authorities for serious failings in the way firefighting response was managed.

natasha.donn@algarveresident.com

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