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Line of Duty Deaths, Qualification

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Qualifying Causes of Death

Accidental or Intentional Causes: Any first responder who dies in an accidental or intentional way while in the performance of their job duties, and which ultimately results in their death. Examples include First Responders who are:

  • ... involved in a fatal motor vehicle accident while responding to a service call.
  • ... shot during the course of a lawful investigation.

Natural or Health Causes: Any First Responder who dies of natural or health-related causes (e.g., heart attack, disease, or infection). Examples include First Responders who:

  • ... suffers a fatal heart attack due to extreme physical exertion while fighting a fire.
  • ... dies due to a duty related contraction of an infectious disease or illness (i.e., Tuberculosis, Hepatitis, Rabies or AIDS).

Off Duty Deaths: Any First Responder who dies or is killed off duty while acting in an official capacity to prevent loss of property, injury, or death, or is targeted because of their duties as a First Responder is eligible for inclusion.

Disqualifying Causes

Any First Responder whose death meets one of the following conditions is ineligible for qualification as a Line of Duty Death. A First responder whose death is:

  • ... attributed to alcohol or controlled substance abuse;
  • ... the result of deliberate misconduct;
  • ... intentional (i.e., suicide or assisted suicide);
  • ... the result of gross negligence at time of death;
  • ... the result of an accident that is not directly attributable to a duty related activity;
  • ... the result of any causes while serving as an overseas peacekeeper, government contractor, or while on active-duty assignment with the military; or
  • ... the result of any causes while under the employment of for-profit company (i.e., private investigator).

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