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Certified Officer Killed in the Line of Duty

Officer Killed in the Line of Duty ImageSome benefits are in addition to those listed above and some are in lieu of those listed on Death of an Employee information page.

Medical Benefits/Group Medical Insurance

  • Contact Kenn Francis at 801-366-7764

In lieu of COBRA above, call to access medical insurance for the spouse, and dependent children, at the current rate until spouse is age 65.

The following is required before a death benefit is received:

  • If not eligible for retirement – PEHP enrollment form (write “Survivors Benefit” in top right-hand corner)
  • If eligible for retirement – retirement worksheet and post retirement enrollment form
  • Letter from Department explaining incident and that the employee was a sworn officer and on duty at the time of the incident

Retirement

  • Contact URS Defined Benefit at 801-366-7770 or 1-800-695-4877

Call to learn about death benefits offered when certified officers are killed in the line of duty.

  • Spouse receives a lump sum payment plus a monthly benefit based on the deceased employees final average monthly salary
  • If there is no spouse or minor children, the settlement is a refund of contributions or $500.00, whichever is greater
  • The following is required before a death benefit is received: A death certificate; marriage certificate; divorce decree if previously married; birth certificate for employee, spouse and dependents; a letter from the Department explaining the incident and the fact that the employee was a sworn officer and on duty at the time of the incident

Line-of-Duty Death and Disability Amendments

  • Contact PEHP at 801-366-7495

HB30 enacted in Sections 49-14-102, 49-15-102, 49-16-102, 49-16-601.5, 49-230-406, 4-23-102, and 49-23-503 of the Utah Code provides a definition for “Line-of-duty death” to mean one resulting from external force, violence, or disease occasioned by an act of duty as a public safety service employee; or strenuous activity, including a heart attack or stroke, that occurs during strenuous training or another strenuous activity required as an act of duty as a public safety service employee.

Public Safety Death Benefit

  • Contact PEHP at 801-366-7495

SB226 enacted in Section 49-8-405 of the Utah Code provides a $50,000 benefit to the spouse of a sworn officer killed in the line of duty.

The following is required before a death benefit is received:

  • Death certificate
  • Beneficial claimants statement (form)
  • Letter from Department explaining incident and that employee was a sworn office and on duty at the time of the incident

Heartford Life Insurance (UHPA)

  • Contact Cal Gibbs at 801-292-4500 – This is an optional insurance.

  • Provides $25,000/$50,000 (double indemnity for accidental death)
  • The employee may also be paying for additional insurance
  • The following is required before benefits are received: A death certificate, Employer Notification of Death or Disability Claim (form), Claimants’ Statement (form), accident report

Utah Highway Patrol Association (UHPA) / National Troopers Coalition

  • Contact UHPA President – 801-898-8472

  • For members of UHPA, a benefit of $5,000 is provided.

OSHA – Must be notified within 8 hours of incident

  • Contact OSHA – 801-530-6901

The following is required information:

  • Employee’s current address and phone #
  • Spouse’s name
  • Dependents’ names
  • Accident report

Workers Compensation

  • Contact Loretta Wuchner 385-351-8334 or lewuchne@wcfgroup.com

  • May provide money for funeral expenses to be paid directly to the mortuary.
  • Spouse will be paid approximately 2/3 of current salary for 6 years. If spouse re-marries, he/she will drop off the benefit payment. Each child would receive equal shares of the monthly allowance benefit until age 18.
  • The following is required before a death benefit is received: A death certificate, First Report of Injury (form), Dependent Statement (form), Claim for Dependent Benefit and/or Burial Benefit (form), itemized funeral bill, marriage certificate/divorce decree if previously married, birth certificate for dependent children

Federal Police Officer Death Benefit

  • Contact 202-616-6500 or www.bja.gov

  • Federal death benefits are provided for survivors of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty as set forth under the “Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Act of 1976”
  • The Act also provides the same benefit to a public safety officer who hasbeen permanently and totally disabled as the direct result of a catastrophic personal injury sustained in the line of duty
  • The injury must permanently prevent the officer from performing any gainful work
  • The following is required before a death benefit is received: A death certificate, notarized letter from Colonel detailing circumstances, certified accident report, certified autopsy and toxicology reports, marriage certificate/birth certificate if unmarried, divorce decree from previous marriages, birth certificates for dependents, Report of Public Safety Officer’s Death (form), Claim for Death Benefits (form)

Federal Worker’s Compensation Benefits

  • Contact 202-724-0713 or 202-724-0708

  • Employee may qualify for benefits if the employee is injured, sustains disease, or is killed in connection with a person who has committed a crime against the U.S. Government, or is wanted by the U.S. Government, etc.
  • Provides a benefit of $800 for burial expenses
  • Spouse receives 45% of the officer’s pay and each child receives 15% of the officer’s pay
  • This is coordinated with State Worker’s Compensation benefits
  • The following is required before a death benefit is received: A death certificate, birth certificates for dependent children/adoption orders, marriage certificate/birth certificate if unmarried, divorce decree of previous marriages/death certificates, certified investigation reports, certified autopsy and toxicology reports, Notice of Law Enforcement Officer’s Death (form)

Social Security Benefits

  • Contact 866-690-1947

  • A monthly pension may be paid to the spouse and/or minor children of a law enforcement member killed in the line of duty

The following is required before a death benefit is received:

  • Social Security Number of employee, spouse, and minor children
  • Birth certificate of spouse and minor children
  • Marriage certificate
  • Death certificate
  • W-2 forms of the employee for the previous year and current year

Veteran’s Benefits

  • Contact 800-827-1000

  • Benefits may be available to the survivors of U.S. military veterans including burial in a national cemetery, burial flag, Presidential Memorial Certificate, headstone and possible monetary benefits
  • Other benefits may also apply.
  • The following is required before a death benefit is received: A death certificate, marriage certificate, military discharge papers – DD214, VA forms

Governor’s Golden Shield Scholarship Program

  • Provides an opportunity for spouse/children to receive tuition waiver to do undergraduate work at any state institution of higher education for which they are prepared

Other Considerations

  • There may be benefits available through creditors, for example, loan or mortgage insurance. An inquiry to the banks or companies which issued credit cards or loans to the deceased should be done to ascertain if there was any group insurance or credit insurance for which there is a benefit. Some banks or credit card companies carry group life insurance on all cardholders. If so, a claim should be filed promptly to avoid making unnecessary payments to creditors.
  • There may also be benefits available through memberships to organizations such as Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), Fraternal Order of Eagles (FOE), etc.
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