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1 family, 3 Chicago cops on disability

KevFeret (above) his brother Keith each have been disability leave for more than decade.

Kevin Feret (above) and his brother Keith each have been on disability leave for more than a decade.

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Updated: August 17, 2012 6:05AM

One family. Three police officers on disability. And one rogue cop.

Kevin Feret and his younger brother Keith Feret each have been on disability leave from the Chicago Police Department for more than a decade and have collected hundreds of thousands of dollars in disability pay.

After the brothers went off the job, Kevin Feret’s wife — Kimberly Feret, also a Chicago cop — suffered an off-duty back injury, and she went on disability leave, too. She was on disability for three years.

In May, a federal judge sentenced Kimberly Feret’s son, Officer Keith Herrera, another Chicago cop, to two months in prison for his role in one of the city’s biggest police scandals in recent years.

Herrera, 34, admitted being part of a ring of Special Operations Section officers who stole $600,000 from drug dealers and others. He got a light sentence because he wore a wire on Officer Jerome Finnigan, the alleged ringleader.

Herrera’s mother married Kevin Feret, a former member of the since-disbanded Special Operations Section, in 1993. She filed for divorce in 2010. The divorce case is pending.

The Feret brothers each sustained injuries in the line of duty that required surgery.

Kevin Feret, 46, joined the police department in December 1991. He’s been on disability leave since September 1999. He injured his lower back in separate police-car crashes, one in September 1997, the other in August 1998.

Feret — who was working earlier this year as a car salesman — gets $50,224 a year in disability pay. In all, he has collected more than $500,000 so far. If he stays on disability until the mandatory police retirement age of 63, his payments are expected to top $1.3 million.

Keith Feret, 43, joined the police department in August 1997 — the month before his older brother’s first police-car crash. He hurt his right hand in July 2000 while chasing a suspect. He now gets $46,807 a year in disability pay.

Since going on disability in July 2002, he’s collected more than $450,000 and, like his brother, is on pace to top $1.3 million in disability payments by the time he retires.

Kimberly Feret, 52, a police officer since 1991, went on disability in January 2004. She returned to work in January 2007 and remains with the police department.

The Ferets couldn’t be reached for comment.

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