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NYS Comptroller

Thomas P. DiNapoli

State Police Plan

For PFRS Tier 2, 5 and 6 Members

(Section 381-b)

Special Accidental Death Benefit


If you die under circumstances that permit payment of the accidental death benefit, your surviving spouse will also receive a special accidental death benefit for life. If your surviving spouse receiving the special accidental death benefit dies, this benefit will be paid to your children until age 18 (age 23, if they are students).

The Benefit

The special accidental death benefit is a pension equal to your salary at the time of your death reduced by:

  • The accidental death benefit without reductions; and
  • The Social Security benefit payable.

The earnings used to compute the special accidental death benefit will not be less than:

  • The full wage you would have earned in the highest grade-step of your position; or
  • The wage that would have been payable to a police superior officer, if you were in the highest grade-step of a supervisory position.