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Family Benefits

Wyoming Survivor Benefits

Updated July 2021 (COVID-19 related benefits updated April 2021)


PSOB benefits are available in any State of the U.S., the District of Columbia, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands of the U.S., Guam, American Samoa, the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and any territory or possession of the U.S.


There is no state-wide one-time death benefit. Individual counties or local jurisdictions may offer support. Contact your department’s benefit officer for assistance on this and all benefits.


The Wyoming Presumptive Law, passed and signed into law in 2017, has greatly expanded the coverage that allows the State of Wyoming to provide the needed assistance to Wyoming’s firefighting community and their families. A firefighter who suffers from a listed disease is presumed to have developed that listed disease during the course and scope of employment. The listed disease is presumed to be an occupational disease, the dominate cause of which is the employment as a firefighter, unless the contrary is proven.

When working with agencies to apply for benefits, make sure the benefit officers are aware of the presumptive legislation if it applies. For instance, workers’ compensation and duty-related retirement claims.

Law also covers cardiovascular disease, among other acquired diseases.

State of Wyoming Department of Workforce Services
Division of Workers’ Compensation
5221 Yellowstone Road
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Phone: (307) 777-6763
Fax: (307) 777-5298

Reference: Wyoming Presumptive Law W.S. 27-15-101 through 27-15-103


The surviving spouse receives payments for 100 months at a minimum of 80% of the allowed benefit based on the Wyoming Average Monthly Wage. Children are considered dependent until age 18 or until age 21 if the child is physically or mentally incapacitated. Expenses for medical or hospital care are paid. If spouse can show exceptional need, the benefit may be paid in a lump sum or partial payments. Additionally, each dependent child receives $250 per month until age 18; amount adjusted annually and extends of student enters post-high school training or education. An autopsy may be required to determine the cause of death. Career Firefighters Spousal monthly benefit shall be no less than 80% of the statewide average monthly wage. Amount cannot exceed the statewide average monthly wage. Volunteer Firefighters Spouse receives the maximum benefit allowable, which is the statewide average monthly wage; amount adjusted quarterly.

Contact: State of Wyoming Department of Workforce Services Division of Workers’ Compensation 5221 Yellowstone Road Cheyenne, WY 82002 Phone: (307) 777-6763 Fax: (307) 777-5298 Website:

Resource: What You Need to Know Regarding Your Claim


Maximum of $5,000 for burial expenses, plus an additional $5,000 to cover other related expenses.

State of Wyoming Department of Workforce Services
Division of Workers’ Compensation

1510 E. Pershing Blvd., 1st Floor
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Phone: (307) 777-7441
Fax: (307) 777-6552

Reference: What You Need to Know Regarding Your Claim


Volunteer firefighters (Volunteer Firemen’s Pension Fund)

Must have been a member of the Fund prior to death. The surviving spouse receives a monthly lifetime payment based on the age at the time the member entered the pension plan.

Career firefighters (Firemen’s Pension Fund Act)

Plan A: For firefighters employed prior to July 1, 1981, death benefit to the surviving spouse or children is 100% of the monthly benefit payable to the firefighter. If no spouse or children, dependent parents may receive the full benefit.

Plan B: For firefighters employed after July 1, 1981, death benefit is a monthly pension of either 50% of the final average salary or the service pension, based on credited service accrued to the date of the member’s death, whichever is greater. The monthly survivor’s pension is payable to the eligible primary survivor.

Wyoming Retirement System
Fifth Floor West
6101 Yellowstone Road
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Phone: (307) 777-7691

Resource: Fireman’s Pension Fund Plan Benefits

Resource: Retiree Survivor Information


Surviving dependents receive free tuition from the University of Wyoming for up to eight semesters and free tuition from Wyoming community colleges for up to six semesters. If a dependent attends a community college and transfers to the University of Wyoming, the dependent will receive free tuition for a total of ten semesters.

Benefit is available to surviving dependents of volunteer and career firefighters who died while acting within the scope of their duties. Surviving dependent must have been under 18 years old at the time of the firefighter’s death to qualify for the benefit.

University of Wyoming
Office of Financial Aid
1000 E. University Avenue, Dept. 3335
Knight Hall, Room 174
Laramie, WY
Phone: (307) 766-2116
Fax: (307) 766-3800




National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

P.O. Box 498
Emmitsburg, MD 21727
Phone: (301) 4471-1365
FAX: (301) 4471-1645

The Sarbanes Scholarship Program
Spouses, life partners, children, and stepchildren of firefighters honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial are eligible to apply for the NFFF Sarbanes Scholarship Program along with other partner programs. The NFFF Sarbanes Scholarships are awarded for undergraduate and graduate studies, vocational-technical training, and certification and job training programs. They may be used for study at in-state or out-of-state public and private schools.

The International Association of Fire Fighters

1750 New York Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20006

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.


Dignity Memorial
Phone: (800) 343-4464

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. Also provides “extended counseling” to the grieving family. 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)

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.


DisclaimerThe 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.