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Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB)

A unique effort of the U.S. Department of Justice; local, state, tribal, and federal public safety agencies; and national organizations, the Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB) Program provides death and education benefits to survivors of fallen law enforcement officers, firefighters, and other first responders, and disability benefits to officers catastrophically injured in the line of duty.

The BJA PSOB Office is honored to review the more than 1000 claims submitted each year on behalf of America's fallen and catastrophically disabled public safety heroes and their loved ones.


for more information or to submit a PSOB claim, click HERE to visit their website

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ONE-TIME DEATH BENEFIT   from the State of New York
Volunteer Firefighters: The spouse or administrator of the estate of a deceased volunteer firefighter shall be paid a lump sum of $56,000.

Contact:
New York State Workersí Compensation Board
Centralized Mailing Address
PO Box 5205
Binghamton, NY 13902-5205
Phone: (877)-632-4996
Website: http://www.wcb.ny.gov/content/main/firefighters/volunteer-firefighters.jsp


(Reference: N.Y. Volunteer Firefightersí Benefit, Section 7)
Career Firefighters: Upon the death in the line of duty of a regular member of a fire department in a county not wholly contained within a city, a city having a population of less than one million, or a town, village, or other subdivision of government or municipality, the municipality shall pay to the surviving spouse or dependent children an amount equal to the salary received either during the year immediately preceding death, or during the year preceding such injuries, whichever is greater, and $1,000 or 10% of the deceased memberís final salary, whichever is higher, payable for each child of such member under eighteen on the date of the memberís death.

There is also the Survivorís Benefit Program for New York State Employees. This is a program designed to give a minimum death benefit to all NYS Employees. It gives a one-time payment of between $2,000 and $10,000, depending on several factors such as if the firefighterís beneficiaries are to receive money from the retirement system.

Contact:
New York State and Local Retirement System
Survivorís Benefit Program
110 State Street
Albany, NY 12244-0001
Phone: (518)-474-7736


(Reference: N.Y. General Municipal Laws, Section 208-B)
For Additional Benefits   Visit These Sites

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation  click  HERE
and
The Public Safety Officers' Benefits (PSOB)  click  HERE
(this is the Federal Death Benefit)
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