Philadelphia – March 22, 2018 – City Council on Thursday unanimously voted to increase the amount of money the City awards to the immediate family members of firefighters, police officers and prosecution detectives who are killed in the course of performing heroic deeds.
The measure amends Section 21-105 of the Philadelphia Code, to provide a $100,000 benefit, to be paid at $2,000 per month over 50 months, to the life partner or children of a fallen hero. Currently, the city pays the families $50,000 in $1,000 installments over 50 months.
“Our public safety heroes, our fellow citizens and fellow Philadelphians, put their lives on the line day-in and day-out to protect each and every one of us,” said Councilman Domb upon introducing the bill. “While no amount of money can heal the grief of the families of our fallen heroes, hopefully this may provide them some level of support.”
Councilman Taubenberger, in 2017, sponsored a bill that increased the Hero Award payouts from $25,000 to $50,000, but said he believed that “An additional increase is the right thing to do for the families of these heroes who lay their lives on the line every day to keep us safe.”
Councilmen Domb and Taubenberger are grateful to their colleagues for so strongly supporting their legislation.
Watch testimony on this bill from the hearing of Council’s Committee on Labor and Civil Service held March 14, 2018: