Workers' Compensation: Law Enforcement Officer, Firefighter, or Emergency Medical Services Personnel
A law enforcement officer, firefighter, or an emergency medical services personnel, who is injured or killed while performing their duties, is entitled to workers' compensation.
Benefits payable on death of certain peace officers, firefighters, correctional officers, jailers, members of a state National Guard or Reserve component, and emergency medical services personnel — Administrative regulations — Estates to be exempted from probate fees — Funds allotted to a self-insuring account — Presumption that firefighter’s cause of death is as a result of cancer under certain conditions.
(2) The spouse of any police officer, sheriff, deputy sheriff, corrections employee with the power of a peace officer pursuant to KRS 196.037, any metropolitan or urban-county correctional officer with the power of a peace officer pursuant to KRS 446.010, any jailer or deputy jailer, any auxiliary police officer appointed pursuant to KRS 95.445, any police officer of a public institution of postsecondary education appointed pursuant to KRS 164.950, or any citation or safety officer appointed pursuant to KRS 83A.087 and 83A.088, firefighter, or member of the Kentucky National Guard on state active duty pursuant to KRS 38.030, or a member of a state National Guard or a Reserve component on federal active duty under Title 10 or 32 of the United States Code who names Kentucky as home of record for military purposes, whose death occurs on or after July 1, 2002, as a direct result of an act in the line of duty shall receive a lump-sum payment of eighty thousand dollars ($80,000) if there are no surviving children, which sum shall be paid by the State Treasurer from the general fund of the State Treasury. The spouse of any emergency medical services personnel whose death occurs on or after November 1, 2015, as a direct result of an act in the line of duty shall receive a lump-sum payment of eighty thousand dollars ($80,000) if there are no surviving children, which sum shall be paid by the State Treasurer from the general fund of the State Treasury. If there are surviving children and a surviving spouse, the payment shall be apportioned equally among the surviving children and the spouse. If there is no surviving spouse, the payment shall be made to the surviving children, eighteen (18) or more years of age. For surviving children less than eighteen (18) years of age, the State Treasurer shall: