Section 18-47 Death benefits.

    Upon the death of a covered police employee or retiree , there shall be paid to the surviving   spouse and unmarried minor children a benefit from the police retirement fund , from Workers' Compensation and from Social Security, or from some combination thereof, as below described:

    (1)    There shall be paid to the surviving  spouse of a covered police employee  a monthly benefit equal to two-thirds of the retirement benefit to which the deceased employee would have been entitled had the employee met the age or service requirement on the date of the employee’s death.  The benefit paid to the surviving  spouse shall not be reduced by any Social Security entitlement; provided, however, that the benefit paid from the police retirement fund  when added to the Social Security entitlement shall not exceed ninety (90) per cent of the salary which the covered police employee was receiving immediately prior to death.

         If there is no surviving  spouse eligible to receive benefits under the provisions of this  subsection , the surviving unmarried children under the age of eighteen (18) shall divide equally the benefit to which a surviving  spouse would have been entitled. The death benefit shall be payable upon the last day of the month immediately following the month in which the death occurred.

    (2)     T here shall be paid to the surviving  spouse of a retiree  a monthly benefit equal to two-thirds of the retirement benefit to which the deceased retiree was receiving immediately prior to death  . The benefit paid to the surviving  spouse shall not be reduced by any Social Security entitlement; provided, however, that the benefit paid from the police retirement benefit  when added to the Social Security entitlement shall not exceed ninety (90) per cent of the salary which the deceased retiree  was receiving immediately prior to retirement.

    (3)    If there is no surviving spouse eligible to receive benefits under the provisions of this subsection, the surviving unmarried children under the age of eighteen (18) shall divide equally the benefit to which a surviving spouse would have been entitled. The death benefit shall be payable upon the last day of the month immediately following the month in which the death occurred.

    ( 4 )    Upon remarriage of the surviving  spouse of a covered police employee or retiree , benefits allowed under this section  shall cease if the surviving  spouse was not married to and living with the covered police employee or retiree for a period of at least two (2) years prior to the death of the covered police employee or retiree.

        a.    If the surviving  spouse is over forty (40) years of age at the time of remarriage, benefits provided under this section  shall continue for the life of the surviving  spouse.

        b.    If the surviving  spouse is under forty (40) years of age upon remarriage, then benefits to which the spouse is entitled shall continue for a period of ten (10) years after the remarriage.

    ( 5 )     When  a covered police employee or a retire edies without a surviving spouse or other survivor entitled to benefits under this section , there shall be paid a funeral benefit of one thousand dollars ($1,000.00). The funeral benefit shall be paid to the personal representative  of the estate of the deceased employee, or if no personal representative  has been appointed within forty-five (45) days of death, then to the person who actually paid the funeral and burial expense with respect to such deceased person, upon proof of such payments, or, if proof of such payment has not been made within sixty (60) days after such death, then to the mortuary that actually incurred the expense of the funeral and burial of such deceased person.
        

(Code 1964, § 9.1840; Ord. of 12-20-82; Ord. No. 10310, § 1, 9-17-84; Ord. No. 12668, § 1, 7-2-90; Ord. No. 13555 § 1, 1-4-93; Ord. No. 13708 § 1, 6-21-93; Ord. No. 018160, § 1, 7-6-04; Ord. No. 21455, § 1, 9-17-12)


(Ord. 21455, Amended, 09/17/2012, Prior Text; Ord. 018160, Amended, 07/06/2004, Prior Text)