Indiana Survivor Benefits

Survivor Benefits

Updated September 2018

ONE-TIME DEATH BENEFIT

$150,000 line-of-duty death benefit to surviving spouse or, if no surviving spouse, to surviving children. Death must have occurred as a direct result of personal injury or illness resulting from any action public safety officer is obligated or authorized to perform. An additional death benefit of $12,000 is paid to the heirs or estate of Public Employees’ Retirement Fund. Supplemental Group Life Insurance may also apply if purchased previous to the fatality.

Contact:

Public Employees’ Retirement Fund (PERF)
One North Capitol, Suite 001
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (844) 464-6777
Fax: (866) 591-9441

E-mail: questions@inprs.in.gov
Website: www.in.gov/inprs/

(Reference: Indiana Code 36-8-8-16; 36-8-8-20)

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

Workers’ compensation does not cover members of municipal fire departments or members of a firefighter pension plan.

Spouse, or spouse with children, of firefighter covered by workers compensation receives 66 2/3% of average weekly wage for a maximum of 500 weeks. Spousal benefit terminates upon remarriage at which time spouse receives lump sum of 104 weeks or remainder of payments, whichever is less. Children are eligible if unmarried, under age 21, or if dependent for specified reasons.

Volunteer firefighters: Those persons working in a voluntary capacity for a volunteer fire department or ambulance company must be covered by the medical treatment and burial expense provisions of the Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Disease Laws. Lost wages and impairment not covered.

Contact:

Worker’s Compensation Board of Indiana
402 W. Washington Street, Room W-196
Indianapolis, IN 48204
Phone: (317) 233-3009
Toll-Free: (800) 824-2667
Website: www.in.gov/wcb

(Reference: Indiana Code § 22 3-3-17, § 22 3-3-18, § 22 3-3-19, § 22 3-3-20)

FUNERAL BENEFIT

Maximum of $7,500 for burial expenses.

Contact:

Worker’s Compensation Board of Indiana
402 W. Washington Street, Room W-196
Indianapolis, IN 48204
Phone: (317) 233-3009
Toll-Free: (800) 824-2667
Website: www.in.gov/wcb

(Reference: Indiana code 22-3-3-21)

RETIREMENT/PENSION PLAN

Benefits are entitled to active members who die in the line of duty after August 31, 1982.

Spouses may remarry without losing benefits. Benefit adjusted annually based on the Consumer Price Index.

Surviving spouse is entitled to a monthly benefit equal to 100% of monthly retirement benefit payable for the spouse’s lifetime. Spouse receives benefit that member would have been entitled to at time of death or that of a member with 20 years’ service at age 52. Each surviving child entitled to a monthly benefit equal to 20% of the member’s benefit until the child reaches age 18, age 23 if a full-time student, or longer if incapable of self-support.

If there is no surviving spouse or eligible children, wholly dependent parent or parents may be entitled to receive 50% of monthly benefit during their lifetime(s).

Contact:

Public Employees’ Retirement Fund (PERF)
One North Capital, Suite 001
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (844) 464-6777
Fax: (866) 591-9441
E-mail: questions@inprs.in.gov
Website: www.in.gov/inprs

(Reference: Indiana Code 36-8-8-14.1)

EDUCATION BENEFIT – CHILDREN

The Indiana Commission for Higher Education offers a supplement to other state grants by guaranteeing 100% of tuition and regularly assessed fees for children of career and volunteer firefighters at state educational institutions. The child must be under 24 (or 23 for 1977 Fund members) on the date of the firefighter’s death, the biological or legally adopted child, and a full-time undergraduate or graduate student seeking an undergraduate degree.
For a child of a firefighter killed in the line of duty, the benefit is limited to 8 semesters. If the child first applied and became eligible for the benefit before June 30, 2011, there is no time limit to use the allotted 8 semesters. If the child first applied and became eligible for the benefit after June 30, 2011, the allotted 8 semesters must be used with 8 years after the date the child first applied.

Contact:

CVO Fee Remission Program
Indiana Commission for Higher Education

101 West Ohio Street, Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (888) 528-4719
Website: secure.in.gov/che/

(Reference: Indiana Code 21-14-6-1; 21-14-6-2; 21-14-6-4)

EDUCATION BENEFIT – SPOUSE

Requirements the same as for children, except for age restriction and that the benefit is limited to 124 credit hours. Must have been married to the public safety officer at the time of death.

Contact:

CVO Fee Remission Program
Indiana Commission for Higher Education

101 West Ohio Street, Suite 300
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: (888) 528-4719
Website: secure.in.gov/che/

(Reference: Indiana Code 21-14-6-1; 21-14-6-3; 21-14-6-4)

NON-PROFIT OR PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS

Kids’ Chance of Indiana

C/O Molly Czernik, Attorney
3334 Founders Road, Suite B
Indianapolis, IN 46268
Phone: (765) 362-7553
Website: www.kidschancein.org

Kids’ Chance of Indiana. Scholarships for children, up to $6,000 per year, whose families have sustained an economic loss. The loss must have been a result of a serious injury or death caused by an accident or injury which has been found to be compensable under Indiana Workers Compensation Law. May be applied to graduate degrees.

Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association

P.O. Box 4797
Evansville, IN 47724
Phone: (877) 606-4832
Website: ivfa.org

The Bridgeport Scholarship is used for a Line of Duty Death Benefit of the survivor of a current IVFA member killed in the line of duty as a volunteer firefighter in the amount of Three Thousand Dollars ($3,000.00).

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.