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Community Steps Up to Help Deputy
HAMILTON COUNTY, Ohio (WKRC) -- When a Hamilton County Sheriffs Deputy and retired marine needed help, the community turned out in a big way for Roger Hinkle, the helicopter pilot for Sheriff's Office.
Thousands of dollars was raised at a benefit for a liver cancer treatment that his insurance company would not cover. TRICARE called the procedure recommended by Hinkle's doctors, "emerging technology."
Well the emerging technology worked. After the VA offered to pay for liver tumor ablation Hinkle's doctor has pronounced Roger Hinkle "cancer free."
In the procedure, ultrasound is used to guide a needle electrode into a cancerous tumor. Heat destroys the abnormal cells
Thursday, TRICARE sent the Hinkle's a letter saying it decided to pay for the procedure. Three weeks after Hinkle had the surgery, and seven months after he was first scheduled for it.
Hinkle says that's way too late. The Hinkles are saying "no thank you" to TRICARE, and they are filing a grievance with against the company that covers all retired military.
Hinkle is also going to seek a congressional investigation into TRICARE.
But for now, Roger Hinkle thinks he's the luckiest man alive. He says it's been overwhelming how many people came to lift him up. He says it reminds him of the Christmas movie "It's A Wonderful Life"
when the town turns out to help George Bailey.
For Roger's wife Sally and their three children, Roger says, "it's a very good Christmas, it is a wonderful life."