Employee Member Service-Connected Death

Overview

Employee Member Service-Connected Death

For a service-connected death, regardless of years of service, a surviving spouse may elect a monthly lifetime retirement benefit equal to 100% of the monthly benefit a member would have been entitled to, had he or she retired with a service-connected disability as of the date of death.

If a member is killed in the performance of duty, or dies as a result of an accident or injury caused by external violence or physical force incurred in the performance of duty, a surviving spouse may be paid an additional monthly allowance for minor children, including stepchildren living with the member, until the age of 18, or through age 21 if they remain unmarried and are regularly enrolled as full-time students in an accredited educational institution. An additional 25% of the basic retirement allowance is paid for one child, 40% for two children, or 50% for three or more children. The benefit may also be payable to the legal guardian of a member’s children.

If a Safety member is killed in the performance of duty, or dies as a result of an accident or injury caused by external violence or physical force incurred in the performance of duty, a surviving spouse will receive an additional one-time lump sum payment equal to 12 months’ salary based on the member’s monthly compensation at the time of death.