Fort Bend County Sues Widow of Fallen Deputy
Deputy J.D. Norsworthy died on January 4, 2011 from an on duty vehicle collision. The pain since for his wife and now 18 year old daughter is unthinkable but what Fort Bend County (TX) is now doing in unbelievable to many.
The family is being sued by the county to recover reimbursement for the medical bill and wages of the fallen deputy. The lawsuit comes after the deputy’s family settled a lawsuit with the party deemed liable in the crash.
According to the lawsuit, Fort Bend County claimed it “has been deprived” and “is entitled to the first monies paid by any third party.”
They list that amount at approximately $300,000.
The county states that they “have to look to the taxpayers first and protect their money if at all possible.”
Kaitlyn Norsworthy and her mother said they were stunned. Melissa Norsworthy said she and J.D. Norsworthy were to celebrate their 20th anniversary the year he was killed.
The family calls the lawsuit “disrespectful.”
Deputy Norsworthy’s death has inspired a local charity that awards financial assistance to area first responders. To date, more than $300,000 in financial assistance has been given to Fort Bend County Emergency First Responders. Organizers of Behind the Badge Charities also recently announced that it will be awarding academic scholarships amounting to more than $45,000 to eligible dependent children of emergency responders in Fort Bend County this upcoming year.