Line of Duty Death Information and Procedures

The Illinois Office of State Fire Marshal honors all fallen Illinois Firefighters. We deeply regret the reason you need to access this page. Please know that we will provide whatever support we can at this tragic time. Please read and comply with the notification policy so we can initiate the process swiftly and completely.

Announcing a Line of Duty Death

It is recommended the Chief of the fallen firefighter follow the procedures outlined in the following policy:

Line of Duty Death Notification Filing Information.

Death Benefit Information

The Illinois Line of Duty Compensation Act (820 ILCS 315) provides for benefits to the families of Illinois firefighters fallen in the line of duty.  The Application for Death Benefits Pursuant to Line of Duty Compensation Act form should be completed and filed with the Illinois Court of Claims. If you have any questions while completing this form, please contact the Illinois Secretary of State Court of Claims Office

Families of fallen Illinois firefighters are eligible for benefits under State law. A third party entity has created a Line of Duty Death Benefits Summary.   Please note: Since this document was provided by a third party it is intended only as a guide and does not constitute any legal advice from the Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal's Office.

Additional Information

The Office of the State Fire Marshal ("OSFM") is providing the following for informational purposes only.  When users follow a link to an external website or otherwise interface with an external, non-OSFM source, they are subject to the privacy and security policies of the owners/sponsors of the external website.  OSFM does not endorse or recommend any commercial products, processes, or services.  As such, the mention of commercial products, processes, or services on the attached or associated materials, cannot be construed as an endorsement or recommendation from OSFM.

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