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Former Carol Stream paramedic to receive disability pension

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A former Carol Stream Fire Protection District paramedic, who is the subject of a lawsuit regarding a patient's death, has applied for and will receive non-duty disability pension benefits.

Carey Zabran's benefits were approved Thursday by the fire district's pension board. The benefits will total 50 percent of her pensionable salary.

The base salary for her position in 2013 was $85,099.60, according to the district's chief administrative officer, Perry Johnson. That means Zabran will receive at least $42,550 a year as part of the non-duty disability pension.

If permanently disabled, Zabran can convert the pension to a service pension when she is 50 years old, Johnson said. He said he is uncertain of her age.

Zabran's pension is the result of a psychological disability, Cary J. Collins, the attorney for the district's pension board, said.

Earlier this year, Zabran was named in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed in connection with the death of 81-year-old Armida Nonneman. When filed in February, the lawsuit claimed that on Aug. 25, 2012, paramedic Zabran responded to a Carol Stream party where Nonneman was choking on food and unable to breathe. The suit alleges Zabran mishandled care for Nonneman, who died three days later at Central DuPage Hospital.

Zabran also is a key player in the separate ongoing termination hearings for Carol Stream Fire Protection District Battalion Chief Joseph Gilles.

Gilles and his attorneys have alleged the district is trying to terminate the battalion chief in retaliation for how he dealt with Zabran in the aftermath of the Nonneman case.

Zabran was last active with the district in July 2013. She will get pension payments retroactive to Aug, 1, 2013, Johnson said.

Collins said three doctors found Zabran "suffers from a psychological problem."

She will undergo yearly evaluations to determine if she is fit to return to duty.

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