STATEHOUSE (July 3, 2017) – Gov. Eric Holcomb recently ceremonially signed into law legislation co-authored by State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) increasing the disability benefits for municipal police officers and firefighters who are catastrophically and permanently injured in the line of duty.
House Enrolled Act 1617 expands the 1977 Police Officers’ and Firefighters’ Pension and Disability Fund to include benefits for police and firefighters who were grievously injured in the line of duty and can no longer work. Individuals who qualify will receive a monthly salary equal to that of a first class patrolman or firefighter. It also qualifies a spouse or child of an injured and permanently disabled officer or firefighter for free tuition and fees at a state college, university or technical school.
“It is tragic when an officer is killed or injured while serving in the line of duty,” Mayfield said. “Prior to this new law, only the families of local law enforcement officers and firefighters who were killed in the line of duty qualified. Now this benefit is extended to those who were devastatingly injured in the line of duty.”
Under this law, a catastrophic physical injury is defined as an impairment or disability of 67 percent, which permanently prevents the individual from maintaining gainful employment. All qualified police and firefighters who suffered a catastrophic physical personal injury after July 1, 2008, will be eligible for this new disability compensation.
State Rep. Peggy Mayfield (R-Martinsville) represents House District 60, which includes portions of Morgan and Monroe counties and is the Asst. Majority Floor Leader. She serves as a member of Ways and Means, Insurance and Public Policy committees.
Note to the Editor: Attached and below is a picture of Gov. Eric Holcomb (seated, center) as he signs State Rep. Peggy Mayfield’s (R-Martinsville) (standing center right of Holcomb) bill along with Hoosier lawmakers and public servants who have been injured in the line of duty.