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Former Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy lost his battle with Los Alamos County and its insurance company after suffering a heart attack and a stroke.
Ex-police chief loses fight with county, insurance co.

Former Los Alamos Police Chief Wayne Torpy’s three-year legal battle with Los Alamos County and its insurance company over lost benefits ended June 11, after a judge determined he was not entitled to nearly $70,000 in compensation.  

Torpy lodged a complaint in February 2015 against Los Alamos County for breach of contract and the county’s insurance company, Union Security for unfair trade and insurance practices.

First Judicial Court Judge Francis J. Mathew decided against Torpy’s claims, saying that the county and the county’s insurance company, Union Security Insurance Company, were right in denying Tory’s claim for lost benefits.

Torpy claimed the county denied him money the county took out of his paycheck in lieu of Social Security for the eight and a half year’s Torpy was the county’s police chief.

Torpy claimed that when he started with the county, he was given a written promise that he would be paid 60 percent of his monthly salary through the county’s insurance company, Union Security, if he ever became permanently disabled.

In 2012, Torpy suffered a heart attack and a stroke, which resulted in him becoming permanently disabled.

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