Puerto Rico

Survivor BenefitsUpdated July 2011

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A total benefit of $10,000 will be paid to the survivors of firefighters, emergency management volunteers, and police officers.

Information line: 1-787-724-2030


A maximum benefit of $18,000 will be paid to the surviving spouse, children or other legal survivors of the firefighter killed or 100% disabled in the line of duty.

Information line: 1-787-793-5959


Workers Association of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico (Asociación de Empleados del ELA) will pay $1,500 for funeral expenses. Cancellation of a loan debt with the Association.

If the death is accidental, the family will receive an additional $2,000 for any purpose. Duplication of the savings of his/her account with the Association. The savings will be divided among the surviving spouse, children or any other person previously designated by the fallen firefighter.

Information line: 1-787-641-4008
Website: www.aeela.com


Retirement Systems Administration (Administración de Sistemas de Retiro) pays a benefit to eligible survivors. Benefit is 50% of the employee’s wage for a spouse, or 85% of the employee’s wage for a spouse with children, with a minimum weekly benefit of $75 and a maximum weekly benefit of $160. Benefits are paid monthly, not weekly.

As an advance, spouse receives a sum of $500 for funeral expenses.

Information line: 1-877-777-2020


The Automobile Accidents Compensation Administration (Administración de Compensaciones por Accidentes de Automoviles) pays a special benefit if the death is caused by a car, truck, or any other transportation vehicle. The family can receive a maximum of $25,000 in benefits. The widow receives $10,000 and the other benefits are divided between the child and other qualified dependents.

An additional sum of $1,000 will be paid for funeral expenses.

Information line: 1-787-759-8989
Website: www.apelaciones.com/html/beneficios_acaa.html


Miss Carmen Rodriguez
1-787-725-3444, Extension 1524
E-mail: CrodriguezD@bomberos.gobierno.pr


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.