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The widow and son of a Bartlesville man who died during firefighting training have been awarded more than $503,000 in federal and state death benefits despite testimony that the man never was really with any fire department.
Rusty Topping, 28, died in 2008 after registering at a state training facility as a volunteer for the Barnsdall fire department. But Barnsdall's fire chief, Pete O'Dell, testified in workers' comp court that Topping wasn't actually a volunteer.
The Oklahoman reports the court said Topping was a firefighter based on a letter of recommendation O'Dell wrote. But O'Dell told the court none of it was true.