New Hampshire Survivor Benefits

Survivor BenefitsUpdated June 2012

ONE-TIME DEATH BENEFIT

$100,000 death benefit, applicable to both career and volunteer firefighters.

Contact:
State of New Hampshire
Treasury
25 Capitol Street, Room 121
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 271-2621
Fax: (603) 271-3922
Website: www.nh.gov/treasury

(Reference: New Hampshire Statutes and Administrative Rules, Title I, Chapter 21-I; 29a)

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

Spousal benefit is 60% of employee’s average weekly wage. Minimum and maximum amounts apply. Children are considered dependent until age 18, age 25 if full-time student, or longer if incapable of self-support. Upon remarriage, the remaining benefit is paid to the legal guardian of the dependent children. If spouse and children are ineligible, benefits terminate.

Volunteer firefighters: Benefit is 100% of the state’s average weekly wage.

Contact:
Workers’ Compensation Division
New Hampshire Department of Labor
95 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 271-3174
Website: www.labor.state.nh.us/

(Reference: Reserved Statutes Annotated 281: A-26 Death benefits)

FUNERAL BENEFIT

Maximum of $5,000 for burial expenses.

Contact:
Workers’ Compensation Division
New Hampshire Department of Labor
95 Pleasant Street
Concord, NH 03301
Phone: (603) 271-3174
Website: www.labor.state.nh.us/

(Reference: Reserved Title 281-A:26)

RETIREMENT/PENSION PLAN

Firefighters belong to Group II in the Retirement system. Spouse receives an annual pension equal to 50% of the deceased firefighter’s final compensation. If the deceased was a firefighter as of June 30, 1995, the surviving spouse and dependent children receive a medical subsidy toward the cost of health insurance. In addition, designated beneficiary receives a refund of accumulated contributions. If spouse remarries, the annual pension will transfer to any dependent children under age 18, then to dependent parents. Children are considered dependent until age 18 or age 23 if attending college full-time.

Volunteer firefighters: Spouse receives an annual allowance not to exceed $1,250. If spouse remarries, the annual allowance will transfer to any dependent children under age 18, then to dependent parents. Children are considered dependent until age 18 or age 23 if attending college full-time.

Contact:
New Hampshire Retirement System
54 Regional Drive
Concord, NH 03301-8507
Phone: (603) 410-3500
Toll Free: (877) 600-0158
Fax: (603) 410-3501
Website: www.nhrs.org
Email: info@nhrs.org


EDUCATION BENEFIT – CHILDREN

None. (See Non-Profit or Private Organizations Below)


EDUCATION BENEFIT – SPOUSE

None.


NON-PROFIT OR PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS

The Hundred Club provides the following benefits to the families of police officers and firefighters who lost their lives in the line of duty:

  • Up to $10,000 for loss of life in the line of duty;
  • Each child and college student receives gifts for every Christmas and Birthday;
  • Children can vacation at any summer camp of their choice;
  • Educational assistance of up to $24,700 annually is made to each student attending institutions of higher learning for up to four years;
  • Continued communication and emotional support throughout the years.

Each case is reviewed by the Club’s Board of Directors and amounts to survivors vary according to need.

Contact:
The Hundred Club of New Hampshire
P.O. Box 23
Manchester, NH 03105-0023
Phone: (603) 623-9000
Fax: (603) 623-9001
Website: www.100clubnh.org
Email: nkeller100@hotmail.com

$10,000 death benefit. Other benefits include:

  • Seat Belt Benefit: $2,000
  • Dependent Child Benefit: $10,000/per child
  • Covered illness death benefit: $10,000

Contact:
New Hampshire State Firemen’s Association
P.O. Box 617
Concord NH 03302
Phone: (603) 466-2549
Website: www.nhsfa.org


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.