Wyoming Survivor Benefits

Survivor BenefitsUpdated November 2013

ONE-TIME DEATH BENEFIT

None.


WORKERS’ COMPENSATION

The surviving spouse receives payments for 54 months. 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 $150 per month until age 18; amount adjusted annually.

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:
Wyoming Workers’ Safety and Compensation Division
State of Wyoming Department of Employment
1510 E. Pershing Blvd.
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Phone: (307) 777-7441
Fax: (307) 777-6552
Website: www.wyomingworkforce.org

(Reference: WY Revised Statutes 2007 27.14.443 (v) iii)

FUNERAL BENEFIT

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

Contact:
Wyoming Workers’ Safety and Compensation Division
State of Wyoming Department of Employment
1510 E. Pershing Blvd.
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Phone: (307) 777-7968 or (800) 870-8883
Website: wydoe.state.wy.us


RETIREMENT/PENSION PLAN

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. See www.retirement.state.wy.us/pdfs/volfirehandbook.pdf for rate schedule.

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.

Contact:
Wyoming Retirement System
Fifth Floor West
6101 Yellowstone Road
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Phone: (307) 777-7691
Website: www.wyomingworkforce.org


EDUCATION BENEFIT – CHILDREN

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 dependent attends a community college and transfers to the University of Wyoming, the dependant 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.

Contact:
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
E-mail: [email protected]
Website: www.uwyo.edu


EDUCATION BENEFIT – SPOUSE

None.


NON-PROFIT OR PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS

Wyoming Fire Mutual Aid Program
P.O. Box 940
Newcastle, WY 82701
Phone: (307) 746-4410

Provides $1,000 benefit based on contributions from other Wyoming firefighters. Firefighter must have been a member of the program prior to death.


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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.