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Wicomico Co. Creates Disability Benefit Trust for Deputies

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WICOMICO COUNTY, Md. – A new disability benefit trust has been established for officers killed in the line of duty, according to the county.

County Executive Bob Culver says the county, sheriff's office, and Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Union finalized the collective bargaining agreement for the period July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2016.

“Although this is an agreement that was reached prior to my election, I have made it clear that the deputies have waited long enough and I wanted to see this matter brought to conclusion as soon as possible,” Culver said.

The agreement creates a death benefit of $500,000 for a deputy/FOP member killed in the line of duty and provides pay increases for officers during the two year period. As part of the agreement, the Deputy/FOP member will contribute 1.4 percent of their regular paycheck to the trust.

“The men and women of the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office put their lives on the line every day in an increasingly more dangerous world,” Culver said. “It is only right that we honor their commitment to the safety and well-being of our citizens by offering protection for their families if, God forbid, the worst happens.”

“While County Executive Bob Culver unfortunately inherited this important piece of unfinished business, Bob recognized that it was critically important to the deputies and their families that their daily sacrifices and contributions to the citizens of Wicomico County be rewarded,” Sheriff Mike Lewis said. “I commend our County Executive and members of the Wicomico County Council for their commitment to public safety.”

The signing for the agreement is scheduled for Feb. 19 at 10:00 a.m.

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