STATEHOUSE (Feb. 27, 2017) — The Indiana House of Representatives unanimously passed a bill Monday that would increase the disability benefits to officers severely and permanently injured in the line of duty, according to State Rep. Mike Speedy (R-Indianapolis).
House Bill 1617 would expand the 1977 Police Officers’ and Firefighters Pension and Disability Fund and that of sheriff’s pension trusts to include benefits for police, deputies and firefighters who were severely injured in the line of duty and can no longer work. Individuals who qualify would receive a monthly salary equal to that of a first class patrolman or firefighter. It also qualifies a spouse or child of an injured officer, deputy or firefighter for free tuition at a state college, university or technical school.
“Police officers and firefighters put their lives on the line to protect our families and community,” Speedy said. “If an individual is killed in the line of duty we take good care of their family, as we should. This bill addresses the public safety officers that were almost killed and now have lasting catastrophic and permanent injuries.”
According to Speedy, there are currently only significant benefits for the families of local law enforcement and firefighters who were killed in the line of duty. This bill would ensure that those officers and firefighters that were permanently and extremely disabled while on duty will also be compensated for their service and continuing sacrifice.
All those who were injured after July 1, 2008, would be eligible for this disability compensation.
Senators Sandlin and Freeman are now sponsoring the bill in the State Senate.
Rep. Mike Speedy represents House District 90, serving portions of Marion County.
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