Idaho Survivor Benefits

Survivor Benefits

Updated September 2018

ONE-TIME DEATH BENEFIT

Career firefighters: A death benefit of $100,000 is payable to the surviving spouse of a public safety officer who dies as a direct and proximate cause of a personal injury sustained in the line of duty.

If there is no surviving spouse, the benefit will be divided among the dependent children under the age of 21 at the time of the death.
This benefit is not subject to state income tax.

Only public safety officers whose primary occupation is that of preventing and extinguishing fires are covered under this law.

Contact:

Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI)
607 N. 8th St.
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0078
Phone: (208) 334-3365
Toll-Free: (800) 451-8228
Website: persi.idaho.gov

(Reference: Title 59, Ch 13, Section 59-1361A Idaho Code, Public Safety Officer Death Benefits)

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

Spousal benefit is 45% of the average weekly state wage, not to exceed 500 weeks. Spouse with dependent children receives an additional 5% per child, not to exceed 60% of total average weekly state wage.

If spouse remarries, he or she receives a lump sum in an amount equal to the lesser of 180 weeks or the total benefit for the balance of the 500 weeks at 45% of the current average weekly state wage.

Volunteer firefighters: Income benefits are based upon the average weekly wages in their regular employment.

Contact:

Idaho State Industrial Commission
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0041
Phone: (208) 334-8000
Toll-Free: (800) 950-2110
Website: iic.idaho.gov


COMPENSATION FOR DEATH OR DISABILITY OF FIREFIGHTERS FROM OCCUPATIONAL DISEASES

If a firefighter is diagnosed with one (1) or more of the following diseases after a period of employment, and the disease was not revealed during an initial employment medical screening examination that was performed according to such standards and conditions as may be established at the sole discretion of the governing board having authority over a given fire district, fire department, or fire brigade, then the disease shall be presumed to be proximately caused by the firefighter’s employment as a firefighter: (i) Brain cancer after ten (10) years; (ii) Bladder cancer after twelve (12) years; (iii) Kidney cancer after fifteen (15) years; (iv) Colorectal cancer after ten (10) years; (v) Non-Hodgkin lymphoma after fifteen (15) years; (vi) Leukemia after five (5) years; (vii) Mesothelioma after ten (10) years; (viii) Testicular cancer after five (5) years if diagnosed before the age of forty (40) years with no evidence of anabolic steroids or human growth hormone use; (ix) Breast cancer after five (5) years if diagnosed before the age of forty (40) years without a breast cancer 1 or breast cancer 2 genetic predisposition to breast cancer; (x) Esophageal cancer after ten (10) years; and (xi) Multiple myeloma after fifteen (15) years.

(Reference: Title 72, Ch 4, Section 72-438 Idaho Code, Occupational Diseases)

Contact:

Idaho State Industrial Commission
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0041
Phone: (208) 334-8000
Toll-Free: (800) 950-2110
Website: iic.idaho.gov


FUNERAL BENEFIT

Maximum of $6,000 for burial expenses.

Contact:

Idaho State Industrial Commission
Workers’ Compensation

P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0041
Phone: (208) 334-6000
Fax: (208) 334-2321
Website: www.iic.idaho.gov

(Reference: Title 72, Ch 1, Section 72-102 Idaho Code, Definitions)

RETIREMENT/PENSION PLAN

The death benefit of a vested member who, at the time of death is either active, inactive, or a disability retiree, shall equal the excess, if any, of two hundred percent (200%) of the member’s accumulated contributions at the time of death over the aggregate of all benefit payments ever made to the member and the optional death benefit recipient, if any. The death benefit will be paid to the member’s designated beneficiary who is surviving the member at the time the benefit becomes payable. If no beneficiary has been designated or the designated beneficiary has predeceased the member, the death benefit will be paid to the surviving spouse.

Contact:

Public Employee Retirement System of Idaho (PERSI)
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0078
Phone: (208) 334-3365
Toll-Free: (800) 451-8228
Website: persi.idaho.gov

(Reference: Title 59, Ch 13, Section 59-1361 Idaho Code, Computation of Death Benefits)

» View the Firefighter Retirement Fund Handbook

Applicable to paid firefighters employed prior to October 1, 1980: Spousal benefit is 65% of the average weekly state wage. Should surviving spouse die, the full retirement pay shall be paid to surviving child(ren) until the age of 18 or until the child marries.

Volunteer firefighters: Income benefits are based upon the average weekly wages in their regular employment.

Contact:

Idaho Industrial Commission
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0041
Phone: (208) 334-6000
Fax: (208) 334-2321
Website: iic.idaho.gov

(Reference: Title 72, Ch 14, Section 72-1461 Idaho Code, Death Benefits … Firefighter Killed in Performance of Duty)

EDUCATION BENEFIT – CHILDREN

For dependents of full-time or part-time firefighters, including volunteers, killed or disabled in the line of duty. The state waives all tuition and fees at Idaho public institutions of higher learning or public professional-technical colleges. Eligible survivors may also receive on-campus housing and a meal plan for each month s/he is enrolled full-time and resides on-campus. Additionally, a maximum book, equipment, and supplies allowance of $500 per semester, quarter, or other educational period is provided.

Limit is 36 months or four 9-month periods. Benefits shall not exceed 10 years past the date the dependent receives a high school diploma, or equivalency, or 10 years after the event giving rise to the eligibility for the scholarship, whichever is longer.

Public safety officer must have been resident of Idaho at the time of his or her death or disability.

Contact:

Public Safety Officers Dependent Scholarship
Idaho State Board of Education
P.O. Box 83720
Boise, ID 83720-0037
Phone: (208) 334-2270
Fax: (208) 334-2632
E-mail: board@osbe.idaho.gov
Website: www.boardofed.idaho.gov
Also See: Armed Forces / Public Safety Officer Dependent Scholarship

(Reference: Title 33, Ch 43, Section 33-4302 Idaho Code, Armed Forces and Public Safety Officer Scholarships)

EDUCATION BENEFIT – SPOUSE

None.


NON-PROFIT OR PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS

Idaho Volunteer Fire & Emergency Services Association

372 S. Eagle Rd. #303
Eagle, ID 83616
Phone: (208) 939-3473
E-mail: info@idahofireline.org
Website: www.idahofireline.org

All Idaho Volunteer Fire & Emergency Services Association (IVFESA) members are covered by a $10,000 Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance Policy. In 2015, this policy was changed to double the coverage in the event of a Line of Duty accident.

The International Association of Fire Fighters

1750 New York Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006
Website: client.prod.iaff.org/#contentid=1743

The W. H. “Howie” McClennan scholarship provides financial assistance for sons, daughters or legally adopted children of IAFF Union Members killed in the line of duty planning to attend a university, accredited college or other institution of higher learning. Scholarship amount is $2,500 per year, renewable up to 4 consecutive years.


FUNERAL & CREMATION BENEFITS

Dignity Memorial

Phone: (800) 343-4464
Website: www.dignitymemorial.com

Dignity Memorial is a consortium of funeral, cremation and cemetery providers across the United States and Canada. They have a Public Servants Program for first responders and emergency services workers. Dignity provides these services, at no cost, for career and volunteer firefighters who are killed in the line of duty. There is a location finder per state on the website, and funeral directors are encouraged to contact Dignity regarding the first responder program.

Wilbert Funeral Services, Inc.

2913 Gardner Road
Broadview, IL 50155
Phone: 708-681-7040 (Terry Whitlock)
Website: www.wilbert.com

Wilbert provides complimentary burial vaults (including urns vaults) for fallen law enforcement officers and firefighters through 193 licensee locations. Funeral directors should contact Wilbert for information on obtaining vaults.


COUNTY & LOCAL JURISDICTION BENEFITS


Disclaimer: The material contained in the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation Survivor Benefits website is not the result of legal research, but rather is based on a scan of public documents. We have made every effort to be accurate and timely, but errors may exist. The material on this website is advisory only and should not be cited as evidence or proof that a benefit exists or that our facts are accurate. Always consult the decedent’s fire department for benefits assistance, or a benefits’ attorney. If, in the course of your own research, you see errors of fact, or new benefit information, please pass this information along to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.