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Chapter 15     Entire Code


ARTICLE 1. MILITARY FORCES OF THE STATE.

ARTICLE 1A. ADJUTANT GENERAL.

ARTICLE 1B. NATIONAL GUARD.

ARTICLE 1C. STATE RETIRED LIST AND HONORARY MILITIA.

ARTICLE 1D. ACTIVE STATE SERVICE.

ARTICLE 1E. CODE OF MILITARY JUSTICE.

ARTICLE 1F. PRIVILEGES AND PROHIBITIONS.

ARTICLE 1G. SERVICE MEDALS.

ARTICLE 1H. MORALE, WELFARE AND RECREATION FACILITIES.

ARTICLE 1I. THE CHILD PROTECTION ACT OF 2006.

ARTICLE 1J. THE WEST VIRGINIA MILITARY AUTHORITY ACT.

ARTICLE 1K. CIVIL AIR PATROL.

ARTICLE 2. WEST VIRGINIA STATE POLICE.

ARTICLE 2A. WEST VIRGINIA STATE POLICE RETIREMENT SYSTEM.

ARTICLE 2B. DNA DATA.

ARTICLE 2C. CENTRAL ABUSE REGISTRY.

ARTICLE 2D. DIVISION OF PROTECTIVE SERVICES.

ARTICLE 2E. STATE POLICE ACADEMY POST EXCHANGE.

ARTICLE 3. COMMUNICATION SYSTEMS FOR POLICE PURPOSES.

ARTICLE 3A. AMBER ALERT PLAN.

ARTICLE 3B. SILVER ALERT PLAN.

ARTICLE 3C. BLUE ALERT PLAN.

ARTICLE 3D. MISSING PERSONs ACT.

ARTICLE 4. WEST VIRGINIA STATE GUARD.

ARTICLE 5. DIVISION OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT.

ARTICLE 5A. WEST VIRGINIA EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND COMMUNITY RIGHT-TO-KNOW ACT.

ARTICLE 5B. MINE AND INDUSTRIAL ACCIDENT RAPID RESPONSE SYSTEM.

ARTICLE 5C. REPORTING OF EMERGENCY INCIDENTS BY WELL AND PIPELINE OPERATORS.

ARTICLE 6. STATE ARMORY BOARD.

ARTICLE 7. EMERGENCY INTERIM LEGISLATIVE SUCCESSION ACT.

ARTICLE 8. WEST VIRGINIA SHERIFFS\' BUREAU.

ARTICLE 9. GOVERNOR\'S COMMITTEE ON CRIME, DELINQUENCY AND CORRECTION.

ARTICLE 9A. DIVISION OF JUSTICE AND COMMUNITY SERVICES.

ARTICLE 9B. SEXUAL ASSAULT EXAMINATION NETWORK.

ARTICLE 10. COOPERATION BETWEEN LAW-ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES.

ARTICLE 10A. LAW-ENFORCEMENT REEMPLOYMENT ACT.

ARTICLE 12. SEX OFFENDER REGISTRATION ACT.

ARTICLE 13. CHILD ABUSE AND NEGLECT REGISTRATION.

ARTICLE 14. THE STATEWIDE INTEROPERABLE RADIO NETWORK.

ARTICLE 11. PAYMENT OF FUNERAL EXPENSES.

§15-11-1. Law-enforcement, safety and emergency worker funeral expense fund created.

There is created within the State Treasury a special fund known as the "law-enforcement, safety and emergency worker funeral expense payment fund", into which there shall be deposited such moneys as from time to time may be appropriated by the Legislature or received from other sources as may be donated or otherwise provided for the fund. The fund shall be administered by the secretary of military affairs and public safety for the sole purpose of effecting the provisions of this article.

§15-11-2. Payment of funeral expenses of law-enforcement, safety, and emergency workers killed in the line of duty.

(a) The Secretary of Military Affairs and Public Safety shall, upon written request, direct payment from the fund in the form of a draft as provided in this article up to and including an amount not exceeding $8,000 for the reasonable funeral expenses, including burial expenses, of a law-enforcement, safety, or emergency worker killed on or after January 1, 1999, while carrying out official duties: Provided, That funds shall not be expended for any funeral expense that is otherwise payable pursuant to the provisions of §23-4-1 et seq. of this code, as amended, or other benefit programs established by a provision of this code which does not involve employee participation: Provided, however, That where other funds for funeral expenses are provided pursuant to the laws of this state, from whatever source, which amount to less than $8,000, funds provided by the provisions of this section shall be expended so as to ensure that at least $8,000 is available for reasonable funeral expenses. The secretary shall direct payment of the funeral expenses upon written request of an employer or head of a volunteer organization, as is appropriate pursuant to this article, certifying that the individual for whom funeral expenses are requested was killed while performing official duties.

(b) The secretary shall supply the draft in the name of the person contracting for the funeral services and, if known, the service provider to the employer or agency head making the request who shall tender the draft to the person who contracted for the services.

(c) For the purposes of this section, “law-enforcement, safety, or emergency worker” means:

(1) Any duly authorized member of a law-enforcement agency who is authorized to maintain public peace and order, prevent and detect crime, make arrests, and enforce the laws of the state or any county or municipality of the state, other than parking ordinances, and including those persons employed as security officers at municipal, county, regional, or state offices, authorities or institutions, although their employers may not be public law-enforcement agencies, employed by the Hatfield-McCoy Regional Recreation Authority, and members of the West Virginia National Guard while engaged in active duty service: Provided, That this section does not apply to those persons employed by private security firms or agencies;

(2) Any state, regional, county, or municipal correctional employee;

(3) Any firefighter employed by the state or any political subdivision of the state and any volunteer firefighter performing as a member of a volunteer fire department;

(4) Any “emergency medical services personnel”, as defined in §16-4C-3 of this code, employed by or volunteering for any state agency or institution or political subdivision of the state; or

(5) Any probation officer appointed under the provisions of either §62-12-5 or §49-4-719 of this code.

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