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Mackley

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Mackley

Location:
Stewartstown, PA
Service:
Federal Officer / Agent
Status:
Retired (has access to L.E. restricted areas)
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Hobbies:
Football, Baseball, Basketball
Favorite Movies:
Braveheart, Godfather I and II, Star Wars and The Dark Knight
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The Shield, Dexter, Lost, The Wire, Bones and House
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I am open to pretty much anything

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    JJ1

    almost 5 years ago

    70022 Comments

    JUST DROPPING BY TO SAY HI

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    Angley

    over 5 years ago

    18328 Comments

    I promised many of my PoliceLink friends that I would keep you updated on my new mystery/suspense trilogy. I'm pleased to announce my first novel, Child Finder, has debuted this month. It is available online at Barnes & Noble, and
    Amazon. It has already received some great reviews, to include a 5-Star rating by Armchair Interviews!

    I am hosting a formal launch and book signing event at Borders bookstore, Chapel Hills Mall, Colorado Springs, CO on Sunday, June 7th, from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm. It would be great to see you there, but if you cannot make it, then I hope you still get your hands on a copy of my book.

    Please check my website where I have a pretty cool book trailer movie posted, as well as much more detail about the trilogy and upcoming book signing events: www.childfinder.us

    Mike

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    Anonymous

    almost 6 years ago

    Craciun Fericit (Merry Christmas) tie si celor ce iti sunt dragi (to you and your loved ones). Virgil

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    Anonymous

    almost 7 years ago

    Just stopping by to say hello....Have a great weekend.


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    dbab116

    about 6 years ago

    31770 Comments

    Thanks for the add and stay safe. "Go Tech".

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    Ralph8119

    about 6 years ago

    13912 Comments

    Matt, Thanks for you're friendship stay safe & hang on brother!....Ralph8119.....

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    BaCop1

    about 6 years ago

    18 Comments

    Hang in there Matt... your struggle is an inspiration. Though you are fighting for your own rights, you are also fighting for all of us, past present and future BCOPD. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. If there is anything we can do...let us know. We are with you 100%.

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    Mackley

    about 6 years ago

    12 Comments

    Here is latest News article about injury:
    DETECTIVE FIGHTS PAIN, RETIREMENT BOARD DECISION

    Matthew Ackley is prepared to be put in a coma for five days if it means relief from the constant pain he suffers. file photo

    Denied maximum disability, Ackley explores options

    by Heather Perlberg

    After months of delays, former North Point Precinct detective Matthew Ackley was finally retired from the Baltimore County Police Department on Nov. 12. Ackley, featured in an Oct. 16 front-page Eagle article, has been struggling with a debilitating and painful disease from an injury he sustained in the line of duty in August 2007.

    The Baltimore County Retirement Board of Trustees, made up of administrative officer Fred Homan, four county department heads and three elected members, “opted to give [former] Detective Ackley the 50 percent disability pending reevaluation in six months of his medical improvement,” said Donald Mohler, a spokesman for Baltimore County.

    Ackley, 33, plans to appeal the board’s decision. He had hoped to receive 66 and two-thirds of his salary, the after-tax equivalent of his full salary.

    “I risked my life for that county,” said Ackley, a member of the department for nearly 10 years. “When it comes down to it and you get hurt, they leave you high and dry.”

    Ackley, who now is in so much pain that he can’t sleep through the night, dislocated his thumb while wrestling an armed drug dealer outside a Four Seasons Court apartment building.

    Physicians he was sent to by the county told Ackley that the Chronic Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS) he developed from the injury had rendered his body and left arm 100 percent disabled and his right hand 30 percent disabled as defined by the Baltimore County code.

    “The majority of the board took the position of disability at the lower annuity. I was the dissenting vote. I believed he qualified for higher annuity,” said Cole Weston, Baltimore County FOP Lodge 4 president since 1999. “This is clearly a job-related injury that cost him to be a disabled police officer, virtually making him unemployable. I couldn’t be more disappointed with the [County Executive James T. Smith Jr.’s] administration for taking this position.”

    The retirement board tends to follow the lead of an independent medical board approved by all of the trustees, Mohler said.

    The medical board is comprised of three doctors who are employed by the county to conduct a paper review based on medical records related to injured county employees.

    Ackley said he never met or was physically examined by any of the doctors who gave their recommendations to decide his financial fate.

    “The administration heavily influences the pension board of trustees,” Weston said.

    “No one disputes Ackley does not have the use of his hand. The question raised is, the [former] detective is still undergoing therapy and [the medical board] can’t say it won’t be successful at this time,” Mohler said.

    Ackley received an e-mail from his worker’s compensation case manager on Oct. 1 informing him that Baltimore County would no longer authorize physical therapy or transportation to and from the sessions.

    “How do you say that someone hasn’t reached maximum medical improvement, but then you don’t authorize treatment?” Weston questioned.

    Mohler said if the medical board determines Ackley has reached maximum medical improvement in a future evaluation, the county would retroactively give Ackley the difference between the two annuities.

    The union president said the retirement board has taken a “backward position.” The administration could easily reduce Ackley’s disability pension if his injury showed improvement in the future, according to Weston.

    Ackley “qualifies [for the higher annuity] and should be awarded today,” said Weston. “Whether or not he has reached maximum medical improvement is not the issue. He was entitled to the higher disability” compensation.

    Ackley, now living in Stewartstown, Pa., said he is trying to make sense of the county’s behavior toward him.

    “One day they give me a Purple Heart and the next day they won’t let me go to physical therapy,” Ackley said.

    Ackley “did everything the county asked him to do. He supported the mission of the police department. He did what this county executive expects police officers to do,” Weston said. “This administration did not give him a fair shake.”

    Ackley said he was forced to use all of the vacation and leave days he had saved up over the years: “I sat around for three months waiting for them to start the [retirement] process.”

    Since his initial injury, Ackley has seen a motley mix of doctors and had several medical evaluations. He said he paid for many of his treatments out of his own pocket, because getting approval for worker’s compensation has been a constant struggle.

    “They won’t approve anything,” Ackley said, adding that he would have waited a full week to get consent for a withdrawal patch after going off methadone, which he had taken for severe pain until it was no longer effective.

    Ackley said his parents used his county heath insurance card to get the patch after four days of waiting for approval because Ackley was so dehydrated from vomiting that his doctor considered admitting him to the hospital.

    Normally, county em-ployees on worker’s compensation get their medications right away, but approval of a controlled substance could take a couple of days, said Nancy Waskiewicz, Ackley’s worker’s compensation claims adjuster.

    There is no required medical background for Baltimore County claims adjusters, according to Waskiewicz.

    “Unless we have a report from a doctor, we’re going in blind with drugs,” Waskiewicz said. “Sometimes we just look on the Internet. Sometimes we call a doctor.”

    Ackley said adjusters seem to arbitrarily approve some medications and reject others. One drug his doctor prescribed was denied by worker’s compensation after a Google search: “For [my claims adjuster] to be gauging my medical care off of Google is ridiculous.”

    Ackley said worker’s compensation recommended a series of surgeries by Dr. A. Lee Dellon, a peripheral nerve surgery specialist. The doctor would transplant nerves from Ackley’s neck to his hand over a weeklong period. Ackley said the doctor seemed more concerned with selling his book than helping the former officer.

    “I put a little humor in it and a lot of history,” Dellon said of his book when asked about CRPS. The chapter on the disease can be downloaded for $6, he told a reporter.

    Dellon said 70 out of 100 people with CRPS are candidates for his surgery. He sees good to excellent results in 80 percent of these patients.

    Dr. Robert Schwartzman, a CRPS specialist and chairman of the Department of Neurology at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia, has been researching the disease for about 40 years.

    The doctor recently took Ackley on to join the ranks of his 2,000 or so other patients living in chronic pain.

    Schwartzman said he sees only the most severe CRPS patients, usually sent by “doctors who have run out of options.”

    He said surgery is not the way to treat Ackley’s CRPS: “I wouldn’t do any of that. That would just make it worse.”

    Ackley “is going to have a lot of trouble. [He] is hurt and he’s really bad. [The disease] is in his whole left upper extremity,” Schwartzman said.

    In response to the medical board’s determination that Ackley might get better, Schwartzman said that is not likely.

    In 8,000 patients he has never seen someone in Ackley’s condition improve significantly, he said, adding that if Ackley continues the physical therapy and more traditional CRPS treatments alone, he will not recover.

    “He’s used everything,” Schwartzman said. “I am positive he won’t get better” with those treatments.

    The CRPS specialist recommends a revolutionary treatment that would involve putting Ackley in a drug-induced coma for five days. Doctors would administer large amounts of medication proven to block pain and central sensitization such as ketamine, and others to control side effects.

    The FDA has yet to approve the therapy, so Schwartzman collaborates with teams of doctors in Germany and Mexico. The procedure is 50 percent effective, and its cost - from $20,000 to $35,000 - is not covered by insurance.

    One patient who was put to sleep nine years ago remains free of pain and CRPS symptoms, as do about 30 who have awoken from the coma between six and eight years ago, Schwartzman said.

    According to the doctor, everyone has woken up free from pain. And patients who have had some symptoms return are treated with ketamine boosters.

    “If I owned the world, I would put [Ackley] to sleep” for the procedure, he said. “He hasn’t had a good day in a long time.”

    Ackley said he will try the ketamine coma.

    “There’s nothing left I can do. It’s only money. For my kids’ sake, I can’t live like this,” Ackley said. “My 6-year-old daughter is scared because I’m in the bathroom throwing up all of the time. She thinks I’m going to die.”

    Ackley and his wife, Lauren, have three young children. Lauren is attending nursing school to provide the family more income.

    Weston said he thinks the board’s decision to retire Ackley at 50 percent disability compensation will have repurcussions throughout the police department.

    “It brings [things] into question when you are out there doing what you think is right. You would think the county would protect your interests,” Weston said.

    “It’s a shame. Clearly it’s a dangerous job. It’s a job where you got to make tough decisions in a short amount of time. You’d think at end of day, the administration would say ‘thanks.’

    “I’m not saying people should get more than they deserve, just what they are entitled to.”

    Donations are being accepted by The Officer Matthew Ackley Benefit Fund c/o Peoples Bank, 2 Ballast Lane, P.O. Box 925, Stewartstown, PA 17363.

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    about 6 years ago

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  • BaCop1

    about 6 years ago

    18 Comments

    Thanks for the add. Praying for ya daily. We're with ya Matt. Hang tough.

  • Eagle_max50

    JJ1

    about 6 years ago

    70022 Comments

    TKS FOR THE ADD, STAY SAFE

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    Angley

    about 6 years ago

    18328 Comments

    Thanks for the add and God Bless!

    Mike

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    s_skehan

    about 6 years ago

    250 Comments

    Thanks for accepting my invite, stay safe & have a good week.

  • Matt_purple_heart_1_max50

    Mackley

    about 6 years ago

    12 Comments

    No problem, Thanks for the nice comments and making me feel welcome

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    JP503

    about 6 years ago

    7614 Comments

    Thanks for the add