Since 1997, the South Carolina Sheriffs’ Association has offered an in-the-line of duty death benefit, paid to the spouse or parent of a slain deputy sheriff. Our $10,000 death benefit in no way takes away the pain of such a loss, but it does relieve, in the aftermath of such a tragedy, the stress of immediate financial needs.
Since our decision to pay these benefits, 19 deputies have sacrificed their lives in the protection of their communities, and we have paid $190,000 in benefits. We do this quietly and without fanfare.
The Fallen Heroes Partner Program was created when one of our Honorary Members came up with a unique idea to maintain enough money in the death benefit fund. Fallen Heroes Partners agree to join the program with a $50 donation and then pledge to contribute $50 to the death benefit program each time we have to pay a out a benefit to a fallen hero's family in our community. With enough members, this will keep the benefit account in positive numbers when the need arises.