New law would cover trooper funeral costs

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Comments on Topix forums : RALEIGH The family of a state trooper shot to death in Haywood County must pay for most of the more than $13,000 in funeral expenses.
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Thurston

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Jul 16, 2008
 
I'm shocked that funeral expenses are not currently covered for troopers killed in the line of duty. The family has to pay for the funeral? That is shameful.
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Jul 16, 2008
 
bull2#$% tell me the eastern band of cherokee have refused to pay for that funeral in FULL.
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Jul 16, 2008
 
U S Bureau of Justice Assistance has $ 303,064.00 death benefit for officer's killed in line of duty. And that amount increases when the death occurs on a federal highway.

http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/grant/psob/psob_...

Since: Oct 07

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Jul 16, 2008
 
I must say that I am rather shocked that the families of any law enforcement officer (or any other public servant) killed in the performance of their duties would be responsible for covering the funeral expenses.

I certainly hope this bill will be passed. An accidental death is certainly different, but Trooper Blanton was killed while doing a service for the State.

Since: Jul 08

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Jul 16, 2008
 
Amazing, do we have to have a law in place in order to do the right thing? Seems like there should be some sort of "Trooper Fund" for things like this. Does it really take enacting a law to make it happen? Killed in the line of duty. Kinda makes you wonder doesn't it? Hhmmmm, spend thousands of dollars and countless hours to enact a law to pay funeral costs -or- simply create a "Fund" for such devastating things as this.
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Jul 16, 2008
 
The Fed's burial benefit for military personnel killed in line of duty is $2,000.00
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Jul 16, 2008
 
are any of you people not paying attention they act as if the widow was going to have to pay this he was a member of the eastern band of cherokee indians.now tell me again she is going to have to pay for this.
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Jul 16, 2008
 
dont know wrote:
bull2#$% tell me the eastern band of cherokee have refused to pay for that funeral in FULL.
The Eastern Band has a set amount that is allocated to each member of the tribe to cover funeral costs. It is not an issue of refusing to pay. The Eastern Band is a government and is bound by the rules and regulations regarding such items.

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Jul 16, 2008
 
That is appalling.

But the state, county, and city govt jobs are not
taken because of pay or benefits. It is for the love of the job.

Remember the AFD family that did not have enough
insurance to pay for Paxten Mitchell's treatments.

Aheville City has the worst benefits for any employee, whether a fireman, police officer of
elevator operator.

You have to be a dedicated person to work in the LEOs field or the fire dept.

And I am grateful that there are people that work
in the APD, BCSD, AFD, and the NCSHP.
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mama bear wrote:
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The Eastern Band has a set amount that is allocated to each member of the tribe to cover funeral costs. It is not an issue of refusing to pay. The Eastern Band is a government and is bound by the rules and regulations regarding such items.
The Eastern Band can add a new law also, this was one of theirs as much as the other people of NC.
Step up to the plate even if NC steps up also, this woman and child lost their care giver protecting us as the old Bible SchooL song, RED, AND YELLOW, BLACK AND WHITE.
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mama bear wrote:
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The Eastern Band has a set amount that is allocated to each member of the tribe to cover funeral costs. It is not an issue of refusing to pay. The Eastern Band is a government and is bound by the rules and regulations regarding such items.
To quote another poster; "bull#$%!! The tribe has the ability to pass any special legislation they wish to help with such costs. Also, the casino has a special fund for charity donations. It's amazing they can complain about so many things as a tribe, but have not helped one of their own with funeral expenses.

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dont know wrote:
are any of you people not paying attention they act as if the widow was going to have to pay this he was a member of the eastern band of cherokee indians.now tell me again she is going to have to pay for this.
This isn't about his blood line or his heritage or who his relatives are. It's about being a North Carolina State Trooper killed in THE LINE OF DUTY.
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Jul 16, 2008
 
the asheville citizen times reported this as the widow and the family was going to have to pay for this funeral lets see between the tribe and what the state will paid and all the donations that have poured in how much is really coming out of the familys pocket was acc just looking for a headline ?????like i said bull@#$%!

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Jul 16, 2008
 
Ron Mexico wrote:
The Fed's burial benefit for military personnel killed in line of duty is $2,000.00
Leave it to the Fed's to provide just enough to have someone cremated, a couple extra death certificates made for legalities and a posting in the obits...
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Blondzilla wrote:
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This isn't about his blood line or his heritage or who his relatives are. It's about being a North Carolina State Trooper killed in THE LINE OF DUTY.
this is about acc reporting that the family would have to pay out of pocket which is like i said bull@#$!

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Thurston wrote:
I'm shocked that funeral expenses are not currently covered for troopers killed in the line of duty. The family has to pay for the funeral? That is shameful.
What is really bad is that the state steps in and makes all these elaborate(not that they don't deserve every bit of it) funeral plans then leaves the family to pay for it.
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Carolinakat wrote:
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What is really bad is that the state steps in and makes all these elaborate(not that they don't deserve every bit of it) funeral plans then leaves the family to pay for it.
and taxpayer's
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Carolinakat wrote:
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What is really bad is that the state steps in and makes all these elaborate(not that they don't deserve every bit of it) funeral plans then leaves the family to pay for it.
the family wont have to pay a dime of the funeral bill

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dont know wrote:
<quoted text> this is about acc reporting that the family would have to pay out of pocket which is like i said bull@#$!
New law would cover trooper funeral costs
Comments on Topix forums : RALEIGH The family of a state trooper shot to death in Haywood County must pay for most of the more than $13,000 in funeral expenses.

The family is not going to have to pay out of their pocket for this burial. Kind and generous people from all over the place have given to help this family. It's a shame that it takes a law whether it be federal or state to pay for trooper funeral costs. After all, not all NC State Troopers killed in the line of duty are of Cherokee blood line.
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Jul 16, 2008
 
I agree I dont think the family should have to pay for something like this. I think the KILLER should be the one to have to pay the bill...even if he goes to prison either for life or death if he makes any money while waiting it should go to the bill.

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