Odds & Ends

The following information may be of interest to both active & retired Lt.’s. Thanks to Retired Lt. & former Pension Board Representative Jim Maloney for the information about the Saving Blue Lives program.

1) Pension Fund Death Benefit

2) FOP Firearm Safety Days

3) Saving Blue Lives Program

4) Restaurant Deals


–Pension Fund Death Benefit:      As a member of the Pension Fund you are entitled to a Death Benefit payable to the beneficiary of your choice. It is your responsibility to contact the Fund (312-744-3891) and fill out the form designating your beneficiary .  The Death Benefit is:    –Active Lt.’s:  $12,000   –Retired Lt.s:  $  6,000


2) –FOP Firearm Safety Days May 22 & 23      FOP Hall  0800-1600 hrs.   This an annual event open to all active and retired sworn members. There are representatives from the different weapon and equipment manufactures who will: –inspect and clean your firearms–have your body armor checked–have your leather equipment checked

3) –Saving Blue Lives thru Training on PTSD, Suicide, Resilience, and Peer Support

Saving Blue Lives
The Illinois Public Pension Fund Association (IPPFA) and Northern
Illinois University have teamed up to develop a program to assist law
enforcement leaders and rank-and-file officers in expanding their
knowledge of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, as it effects police officers.

This program, “Saving Blue Lives through Training on PTSD, Suicide,
Resilience and Peer Support,” is offered at no cost to those attending.
First responders are routinely exposed to critical incidents involving
exposure to injury or death in others, as well as the risk of injury or
death to themselves. Research shows, and those in the profession
intuitively know, that individual incidents and accumulated exposure can adversely affect the mental and physical health of those involved.

 The NIU – IPPFA program will include:
– Learning the symptoms of PTSD-  Conditions that often arise with PTSD, such as depression and substance abuse-       
 – Identifying ways to bolster resistance-  Suicide and conditions such as
PTSD- Methods for dealing with PTSD without the help of a mental health professional-  Effective treatments with the help of a mental health
professional

NIU has received a grant from the Illinois Criminal Justice Information
Authority for a demonstration project. This allows NIU and the IPPFA to develop and sponsor two, two-day seminars on PTSD awareness and
dealing with this condition. The seminars will be conducted by a
qualified mental healthcare professional, along with the assistance of
experienced sworn personnel with substantial careers in emergency
response and investigations. If the initial program is successful, funding may be available for up to a three-year period of outreach on this vital
topic. As we proceed, the program will be expanded to include fire/EMS.

Register now: The two-day seminars are scheduled for June 12th and
13th at the NIU Campus in Hoffman Estates, IL, and June 26th and 27th 
at the NIU Campus in Naperville, IL.
Event Website
Event Website

4) Restaurant Deals

May 15——- Culvers is offering a free meal to first responders

May 12-18—Connies Pizza is offering 50% off pizza

Author: Terrance McMahon

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