Family of slain officer to receive continued benefits
The family of Fairbanks Police officer Sgt. Allen Brandt, who was shot in the line of duty and later died during surgery, will continue to receive insurance benefits thanks to a resolution passed by the Fairbanks City Council.
On Monday, the city council unanimously passed Resolution 4822. Mayor Jim Matherly introduced the resolution to allow Brandt's family continued insurance benefits.
"City administration had reviewed the Department of Public Safety’s regulations (13 AAC 75) dealing with the State Peace Officer and Firefighter Survivors Fund and found that participating in the State program offers no additional benefit to the City or to the families of slain peace officers or firefighters versus the City self-funding the insurance," spokesperson for the Mayor's Office, Teal Soden wrote in an email Wednesday.
The family's insurance will be self-funded by the City of Fairbanks for the years to come. It follows the same guidelines used by the State of Alaska Survivor Benefit Program.
Sgt. Brandt was shot multiple times in an altercation with a suspect on Oct. 16, 2016. He was hospitalized and died on Oct. 28, 2016, from complications following the scheduled eye surgery to remove shrapnel. Brandt leaves behind his wife and four children.
"The Mayor and his staff remain committed to supporting surviving family members whose loved ones made the ultimate sacrifice to the Fairbanks community," Soden wrote.
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