OKC Civic Affairs


OKC expects quick resolution to insurance dispute in police recruit's death

by William Crum Published: November 26, 2013

Oklahoma City expects a quick resolution to an insurance dispute in the death of police recruit Kelley Chase, who died after a training accident.

The city’s spokeswoman, Kristy Yager, said the city’s attorneys have been in contact with an attorney for Chase’s widow, Elke Meeus, “and discussions are progressing well.”

Chase, 38, died Oct. 13, 2012, of head injuries suffered the previous day during a training exercise at the police academy.

Meeus filed a claim against the city saying she and her two children were improperly denied $41,000 in life insurance benefits.

She said her husband opted for $122,000 worth of supplemental life insurance coverage – three times his annual salary – when he joined his recruit class in May 2012.

The insurance company only agreed to pay $81,000, double Chase’s salary.

Meeus said the paperwork was mishandled by the city or the insurance company.

The Fraternal Order of Police retained attorney James Moore to help Meeus with her claim.

Chase would have become an FOP member upon graduation from the police academy.


by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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