When a firefighter dies in the line of duty, families must adjust to life without their loved one. Too often, they must also face the loss of the primary breadwinner. While no amount of money or financial support can compensate for the loss of a loved one, benefits honor the service of firefighters and ensure their families are not forgotten.
The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation has conducted extensive research in each state to identify the range of benefits available to survivors of state and local firefighters who died in the line of duty. These include lump sum death payments, workers' compensation, funeral benefits, pensions and retirement programs, scholarships, and non-profit/private support. We encourage all fire departments to have a current list of federal, state and local benefits readily available.