Kentucky seeking to increase death benefits for spouses of officers killed in the line of duty

The funeral for fallen Pikeville Police Officer Scotty Hamilton is now behind us, and his fellow officers are adjusting to work without him.  However, lawmakers in Frankfort have not forgotten about Officer Hamilton or the family he left behind. A bill making its way from the House to the Senate seeks to more than double the death benefits of Kentucky police Officers, firefighters and other state workers killed in the line of duty. The sponsor of House Bill 185, Representative John Blanton, says this legislation is personal to him, after spending 22 years serving as a Kentucky State Trooper.  If passed, Officer Hamilton’s widow, Chelsi, will receive 75 percent of Scotty Hamilton’s salary…up from the current amount of 25 percent. EKB News will continue to follow House Bill 185 as it moves through the Kentucky legislature.

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