Oregon Survivor Benefits

Survivor BenefitsUpdated October 2013

ONE-TIME DEATH BENEFIT

The Public Safety Memorial Fund provides benefits of up to $25,000.

The Fund may also award the spouse optional health and dental insurance benefits, educational scholarships, and mortgage benefits.

Contact:
Department of Public Safety Standards and Training
4190 Aumsville Highway SE
Salem, OR 97317
Phone: (503) 378-2100
Website: http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/MF/index.shtml

(Reference: Oregon Reserved Statutes Chapter 243 “Public Employees Rights and Benefits”)

WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

Spousal benefit is 4.35 times 66 2/3% of the State’s Average Weekly Wage (SAWW). Children are eligible until age 18, age 23 if attending higher education, or longer if disabled.

Upon remarriage, spouse receives a lump sum equal to 36 months payment and benefits cease; monthly payments for eligible children continue.

Volunteer Firefighters: Covered only if the municipality has elected to provide coverage.

Contact:
Workers’ Compensation Division
Department of Consumer and Business Services
350 Winter Street NE
PO Box 14480
Salem, OR 97301-0405
Phone: (503) 947-7810 or (503) 947-7585
Toll Free: (800) 452-0288
Fax: (503) 947-7581
Website: www.wcd.oregon.gov
Email: [email protected]

(Reference: Oregon Revised Statutes 656-204-2 (a & b))

FUNERAL BENEFIT

Career Firefighters: Benefit is 10 times the State’s Average Weekly Wage. Current benefit is $7,568.00

Volunteer Firefighters: Covered only if the municipality has elected to provide coverage.

Contact:
Workers’ Compensation Division
Department of Consumer and Business Services
350 Winter Street NE
PO Box 14480
Salem, OR 97301-0405
Phone: (503) 947-7810 or (503) 947-7585
Toll Free: (800) 452-0288
Fax: (503) 947-7581
Website: www.wcd.oregon.gov
Email: [email protected]


RETIREMENT/PENSION PLAN

Career Firefighters: Must be a member of the Oregon Public Employees Retirement System to receive benefits. Beneficiary has three options for death benefit distribution: Total Distribution – receives 100% refund of member account balance and employer matching death benefit; Straight Life Annuity – receives lifetime monthly benefit from the member account balance and employer matching death benefit; and Partial Distribution Plus Pension – receives 100% of member account balance and monthly lifetime pension from employer matching death benefit. Under PERS, these are Police and Firefighter (P & F) Units that may be purchased with after-tax dollars.

Contact:
Oregon Public Employees Retirement System
P.O. Box 23700
Tigard, OR 97281-3700
Phone: (503) 798-7377
Toll Free: (888) 320-7377
Fax: (503) 598-0561
Website: www.oregon.gov/PERS/

(Reference: Oregon Reserved Statutes 656-204)

EDUCATION BENEFIT – CHILDREN

Career Firefighters: Deceased or Disabled Public Safety Officer Grant Program pays all tuition and fees at a state institution for 12 quarters of undergraduate study and 12 quarters of postgraduate study. If attending a private institution, compensation will be based on expenses at the University of Oregon.

Must attend full-time, be an Oregon resident, and have financial need. Must re-apply annually.

Contact:
Oregon Student Assistance Commission
Grant and Scholarships Division
1500 Valley River Drive, Suite 100
Eugene, OR 97401
Phone: (541) 687-7400
Toll Free: (800) 452-8807
Fax: (541) 687-7414
Wesbite: www.osac.state.or.us

(Reference: Oregon Reserved Statutes 237.610)

The Public Safety Memorial Fund may award scholarships for an undergraduate education. Eligibility based partly on the financial need of the applicant. Children who are under age 18 at the time of death can apply for this benefit up to five years after high school graduation.

Scholarships may not exceed the highest tuition charged by a state institution of higher education for an undergraduate program.

Note: Scholarships are based upon available funds and may be limited by the anticipated demands on the Public Safety Memorial Fund.

Contact:
Department of Public Safety Standards and Training
4190 Aumsville Highway SE
Salem, OR 97317
Phone: (503) 378-2100
Website: http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/MF/index.shtml


EDUCATION BENEFIT – SPOUSE

The Public Safety Memorial Fund provides the same assistance as to children, provided the spouse has not remarried.

Contact:
Department of Public Safety Standards and Training
4190 Aumsville Highway SE
Salem, OR 97317
Phone: (503) 378-2100
Website: http://www.oregon.gov/DPSST/MF/index.shtml


NON-PROFIT OR PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS

Woodmen of the World will pay a $10,000 fraternal death benefit if a qualified member is killed while performing his or her duties as a non-military first responder. To be eligible for this benefit, an individual must be a member in good standing of one of our other benefits.

First Responders include firefighters, EMT/paramedics, police or a person performing a supporting role to such individuals.

Contact:
Woodmen of the World
Woodmen Tower
1700 Farnham St
Omaha, NE 68102
Phone: (800) 225-3108
Website: www.woodmen.org


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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.