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PSOB to include heart attacks On November 25, the Senate approved the Hometown Heroes Survivor Benefits Act (S. 459 /H.R. 919), which will expand the Public Safety Officers Benefit (PSOB) program to cover public safety officers who die of heart attacks or strokes in the line of duty.The PSOB program currently provides a one-time death benefit payment of $267,494, administered by the U.S. Department of Justice, to families of public safety officers (fire, police, and EMS) killed in the line of duty or permanently disabled while on duty. The death benefit is payable to the survivors of a public safety officer who "has died as the direct and proximate result of a personal injury sustained in...

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