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About the Hero's Honor Line of Duty Special Death Benefit

A special death benefit was passed by the Indiana General Assembly. This benefit, called Hero's Honor, covers a line-of-duty death in the amount of $225,000. Eligible first responders may be enrolled into Hero's Honor. As an employer, you may elect to purchase coverage at $100 per year for each of your employees.

This benefit applies to:
  • Emergency medical service providers employed by a person who has contracted with a political subdivision,
  • Emergency medical service providers performing air ambulance services employed by a health care system affiliated with a state educational institution,
  • Police officers and firefighters* who work for post-secondary educational institutions (non-state),
  • Police officers employed by an operator,**
  • Firefighters who work for a public-use airport that maintains a fire department,
  • *accredited by the North Central Association
    **under IC 8-22-3-34(b)

If you elect to cover your police, firefighters, or emergency medical service staff, you must include your entire staff of police, firefighters, county and deputy coroners, or emergency medical service workers. The open enrollment period is from Nov. 1 through Nov. 30. You can download the Special Death Benefit Enrollment form here. You will need to complete the form and submit it to:

Indiana Public Retirement System
Attn: Finance Department
One North Capitol, Suite 001
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Our finance department will prepare an invoice based on the number of employees you want to cover. Your payment is due within 30 days of billing. One-year coverage begins on the latter of Jan. 1 or the date your payment is received.

For more information, please refer to the resources below. If you have questions, please contact the Employer Advocate team at (888) 876-2707 or at

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Every attempt has been made to verify that the information in this publication is correct and up-to-date. Published content does not constitute legal advice. If a conflict arises between information contained in this publication and the law, the applicable law shall apply.

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