City of Fairbanks continues insurance for family of fallen officer

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FAIRBANKS (KTUU) - Fallen Fairbanks Police Sgt. Allen Brandt's family will continue to receive insurance benefits through the City of Fairbanks for years to come, according to the Mayor's Office.

This announcement comes after Resolution 4822 – introduced by Mayor Jim Matherly – was passed unanimously by the City Council, on Jan. 29, 2018.

After reviewing state regulations regarding the State Peace Officer and Firefighter Survivors Fund, Fairbanks city administrators determined 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."

By passing Resolution 4822, the Brandt's insurance will be self-funded by the City of Fairbanks. The council adds that this insurance will follow the "same standards and guidelines used by the State of Alaska Survivor Benefit Program."

Previously, the city was temporarily covering health insurance premiums for the family, through the end of 2016. Moreover, the Brandt family was initially set to lose medical coverage, because of Brandt's death.

Brandt was fatally shot in the line of duty on Oct. 16, 2016. Almost two weeks later on Oct. 28, 2016, he died after complications of a surgery for his wounds.

He is survived by his wife, Natasha, and four young children.

"The Mayor and his staff remain committed to supporting surviving family members whose loved ones made the ultimate sacrifice to the Fairbanks community," wrote Teal Soden with the Mayor's Office.



 
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