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Virginia Police Recruit's Widow Denied Benefits

December 22, 2010  | 

The widow of 40-year-old Norfolk (Va.) Police recruit John Kohn is not entitled to receive any death benefits, after her husband died during police training, reports WTKR.

The Virginia Line of Duty Act says benefits are available for families of "any individual whose death is the result of the performance of his duty" as a law enforcement officer.

It defines "line of duty" as any action the deceased was obligated or authorized to perform. Police recruits are not obligated nor authorized to perform any police duties, until they are sworn as officers.

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Blueknight @ 2/4/2011 11:08 PM

There should be a training clause for benefits. However this is not the first time an incident has happened. Training is good but this was taken too far. I have always been taught as an instructor you NEVER hit someone in the head during a training event.

Blueknight @ 2/4/2011 11:10 PM

That is why alot of training academies have recruits that are already sworn officers before they start training. Things need to change here.

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