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  • State of Missouri - Death Benefits
    Updated On: Sep 14, 2013

    Emergency Personnel Killed in the Line of Duty
    Department of Labor & Industrial Relations - Benefits Available

    Benefits are available for survivors of firefighters, volunteer firefighters, law enforcement officers, air ambulance pilots, air ambulance registered professional nurses, and emergency medical technicians who are killed in the line of duty when:

    • death is caused by an accident or willful act of violence of another;
    • the individual is in the active performance of his/her duties and there is a relationship between the accident or commission of the act of violence and the performance of the duty, even when off duty;
    • the individual is traveling to or from employment; or the individual is taking a meal break or other break while on duty;
    • the injury is the cause of the death.

    See the Line of Duty Compensation Act Section 287.243 RSMo.

    A $25,000 death benefit shall be awarded to the estate of the individual killed in the line of duty. The death benefit is in addition to any other pension rights, death benefits, or other compensation to which the claimant may otherwise be entitled by law. To claim benefits, the estate of the deceased must file a Claim for Compensation for Line of Duty Compensation Benefits with the Division within one year from the date of death.

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