Honolulu to Pay $5.25M in LODD Lawsuit

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HONOLULU — Honolulu officials have agreed to pay $5.25 million to settle a lawsuit filed on behalf of a firefighter who died after he was injured in a training exercise.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Tuesday that the city and attorneys for the family of Cliff Rigsbee notified the court earlier this month that they had reached a settlement to the negligence and wrongful death suit.

The Honolulu medical examiner determined the 63-year-old firefighter died from blunt force injury to his head and neck following the June 2016 training.

Rigsbee was on a sled being towed by a water rescue craft off Honolulu when he went through a series of tall waves.

Honolulu Fire Chief Manuel Neves says he hopes the settlement brings closure to Rigsbee’s family, the department and the community.

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Information from: Honolulu Star-Advertiser, http://www.staradvertiser.com

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