If you die under circumstances that permit payment of the accidental death benefit, a special accidental death benefit will be paid to your surviving spouse. If the surviving spouse receiving the special accidental death benefit dies, this benefit will be paid to your children who are under the age of 18 or, if they are students, until the age of 23.
The special accidental death benefit is a pension equal to your earnings reduced by:
- The accidental death benefit without reductions; and
- The Social Security benefit payable.
The earnings used to compute the special accidental death benefit will not be less than:
- The full wage you would have earned in the highest grade-step; or
- If you were in the highest grade-step of a supervisory position, the wage that would have been payable to a police superior officer or a fire officer.