Official: Legal glitch keeping families from full benefits

CINCINNATI (AP) — The director of the Greater Cincinnati Police Museum says a legal glitch is preventing the families of two fallen first responders from receiving benefits normally provided to spouses of officers and firefighters who die in the line of duty.

Lt. Steve Kramer, the museum’s director, tells WXIX-TV of Cincinnati ( ) the families aren’t getting what they should.

When a firefighter or police officer dies in the line of duty, their spouses continue to receive their full paycheck until the responders would have retired. But fallen police officer Sonny Kim and firefighter Daryl Gordon entered a deferred retirement option plan. Their families only receive survivor benefits, which essentially cut their benefits by at least half.

Kramer is appealing to state and union officials to help get rid of the glitch.