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Georgia State Indemnification Program

The state of Georgia recognized the unique hazards inherent in certain public occupations that led the General Assembly to establish the Georgia State Indemnification Program.

The program provides a financial benefit for designated public officers and public school personnel who are disabled or killed in the line of duty. Benefits under the Public Officers Indemnification Fund include payments for permanent disability, supplemental income, and for death. Eligible public officers include law enforcement officers, firefighters, prison guards, publicly employed emergency medical technicians, emergency management rescue specialists, state highway employees, and active members of the Georgia National Guard, when called into service by the Governor. Also, as part of this program, the Public School Indemnification Fund provides for payments for any public school employee who is killed or permanently disabled by an act of violence in the line of duty on or after July 1, 2001.

The program is funded by the revenue generated by the sale of special license plates honoring Georgia educators. Each program is governed by a commission designated by statute and administered by DOAS.

Public Safety Officers Benefit Program

A unique partnership effort of the U.S. Department of Justice; local, state, tribal, and federal public safety agencies; and national organizations, the Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Programs provide death and education benefits to survivors of fallen firefighters, law enforcement officers, and other first responders, and disability benefits to officers catastrophically injured in the line of duty.

The PSOB Office at the Bureau of Justice Assistance is honored to review the nearly 700 claims submitted each year on behalf of America’s fallen and catastrophically disabled public safety heroes and their loved ones. Visit www.psob.gov for details regarding PSOB’s death, disability, and educational assistance programs.

State Benefits

Federal Benefits

Educational Benefits

Global Health and Safety Fallen Heroes Scholarship Fund

Offers annual financial assistance for higher education and training to families of firefighters honored at the National Memorial in Emmitsburg, Maryland.

Vantagepoint Public Employee Memorial Scholarship Fund

ICMA Retirement Corporation Assists children and spouses of deceased public employees who died in the line of duty, who plan to continue education in college or vocational school programs. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited institution of the student’s choice.

National Association of State Fire Marshals

John Heinz Memorial Scholarship Fund National Association of State Fire Marshals Provides educational scholarships to the surviving children and spouses of fallen firefighters and emergency medical personnel, and who died in the line of duty on or after September 12, 1982, and qualified under the Department of Justice’s Public Safety Officers’ Benefits Program.

Motorola Solutions Foundation Memorial Scholarship Fund

Provides educational scholarships, particularly focused on science, technology, engineering or math, to children, stepchildren and spouses of firefighters who died in the line of duty and are honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial.

Columbia Southern University Scholarship

The NFFF/Columbia Southern University Scholarship program is open to spouses and life partners of firefighters honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. Columbia Southern University is a completely online university offering degree programs and a flexible learning style designed to accommodate a busy life.

The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation

Offers financial assistance for post-secondary education and training to spouses, life partners, children and stepchildren of firefighters honored at the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial. Children and stepchildren must be under age 30 and have been under age 22 at the time of the firefighter’s death.

Survivor Benefits


The GFFF has some of the most experienced benefit advocates in the nation. The staff is available to work with the department from day one to assist in compiling the necessary documents to file both the State Indemnification and Federal PSOB benefit applications.

Additionally, the foundation has many resources to assist with other benefits not designed specifically for LODD, such as Workman's Compensation, NIOSH investigations, insurance policies and additional survivor benefits.

The staff advocates have working relationships with all of the LODD benefit partners and are prepared to work in any capacity necessary, from advisor to the actual filing of the benefit applications.

The advocates are here to provide accurate, honest answers and they bring the resources and backing of the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation with them.