Financial help coming to families of fallen law enforcement heroes
BATON ROUGE- Financial help is coming for the families of the three fallen law enforcement officers who lost their lives ten days ago.
Today, the Law Enforcement Survivor Benefit Board convened to approve death benefits for the families of Matthew Gerald, Montrell Jackson, and Brad Garafola.
Each family will receive a lump sum of $250,000. Families with children will receive an additional $25,000 per child plus free tuition, fees and books for in state public colleges when they reach college age. The money will be paid out of the state's general fund, and will be tax free.
"When a police officer and a firefighter dies in the line of duty, our board goes into action," State Fire Marshal Butch Browning said.
Browning sits on the board that helps the families of fallen law enforcement officers.
"Though the amount of money is small, I truly believe these families would give all this money back to have their husband here and our dad here," Browning said.
Attorney General Jeff Landry met with the families recently.
"Based upon the tragedy, these families need to recover," Landry said. "It's not so much about the money but knowing there is financial help coming their way. The last thing we want them to do during this time of grieving is to worry about money."
Currently the Attorney General's Office is in the process of vetting those organizations that are safe for the public to donate to.
If you would like to help, a list of the organizations that have been vetted by the Attorney General's office are here.