CHAPTER 7-A. FIREMEN AND LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS - SURVIVOR BENEFITS
§1665. Financial security for surviving spouses and children of firemen in certain cases
A. It is hereby declared to be the public policy of this state, under its police power, to provide for the financial security of surviving spouses and dependent children of firemen when firemen suffer death as result of any injury arising out of and in the course of the performance of their official duties as firemen, or arising out of any activity while on or off duty in the protection of life or property or as provided in Paragraph (3) of Subsection C of this Section.
B. Firemen, within the meaning of this Section, shall include all paid, regularly employed firemen and all volunteer firemen of any municipality, parish, federally or state- recognized Indian tribe or tribal unit, or fire protection district maintaining a fire department, or of any volunteer fire department.
C.(1) In any case in which a fireman suffers death as a result of an injury arising out of and in the course of the performance of his official duties as a fireman, or arising out of any activity while on or off duty, in his capacity as a fireman, in the protection of life and property, the sum of two hundred fifty thousand dollars shall be paid to the surviving spouse of the fireman or, if not survived by a spouse, the sum of two hundred fifty thousand dollars shall be paid to the surviving child or children or, if not survived by a spouse nor a child or children, then the sum of two hundred fifty thousand dollars shall be paid to the named beneficiary listed on the fireman's designation form or, if there is no beneficiary designation form at the time of the fireman's death, and no surviving spouse nor a child or children, then the sum of two hundred fifty thousand dollars shall be paid to the fireman's estate. Each fireman shall complete a beneficiary designation form. In addition, if the fireman is survived by a dependent child or children, the sum of twenty-five thousand dollars shall be paid for each of the dependent children, such sums to be paid to the duly appointed and qualified tutor or the legal representative of the child or children. Payment shall be made by the state risk manager out of the Self-Insurance Fund created in R.S. 39:1533(A).
(2) In order to facilitate the operation of this Section, within one year after the employing authority has knowledge of the death of a fireman under circumstances covered by this Section or under circumstances believed by him or by the surviving spouse, parent or parents, or the legal representative of an eligible surviving child or children to be covered by the provisions of this Section, he shall notify the Law Enforcement Officers and Firemen's Survivor Benefit Review Board of the death, the date thereof, and the circumstances surrounding the death, and shall furnish such other information as may be requested by the Law Enforcement Officers and Firemen's Survivor Benefit Review Board.
(3) If a fireman is engaged in extinguishing a fire, or protecting and saving life or property due to a fire or other emergency, and such activities would be considered to be within the course and scope of his employment, except for the fact that the fireman was off duty or that the location of the fire was outside of the jurisdiction within which the fireman was employed or his area of responsibility, such activities are considered to be within the scope of the performance of his official duties for purposes of Paragraph (1) of this Subsection. This Paragraph shall not apply if the fireman is performing activities for which he is paid by another employer or contractor.
(4) If, at the time of his death, the fireman is not married to the other natural parent of any minor child or children who are entitled to receive a payment pursuant to this Section, the payment shall be made to any person designated as a trustee by the fireman on a form provided by his employer.
D-F. Repealed by Acts 1989, No. 308, §3.
Added by Acts 1968, No. 387, §1. Amended by Acts 1970, No. 479, §1; Acts 1975, 1st Ex.Sess., No. 27, §1, eff. Feb. 20, 1975; Acts 1980, No. 638, §1; Acts 1982, No. 595, §1, eff. July 22, 1982; Acts 1989, No. 308, §§1, 3; Acts 1992, No. 505, §1, eff. June 22, 1992; Acts 1999, No. 623, §1, eff. June 30, 1999.; Acts 2004, No. 272, §1; Acts 2005, No. 321, §1; Acts 2005, No. 407, §1; Acts 2006, No. 480, §1; Acts 2008, No. 475, §1, eff. June 25, 2008; Acts 2013, No. 238, §1; Redesignated from R.S. 33:1981. See Acts 2014, No. 158, §§3 and 7.
NOTE: See Acts 2006, No. 480, §2, relative to retroactive and prospective application.