Topeka More than $8.3 million has been received by the Kansas Firefighters Relief Fund and will be distributed among firefighter relief associations throughout the state.
The fund is used to assist firefighters and their families when accidents or death occur in the line of duty. The benefits are administered through Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger's office. Money for the fund is generated by a 2 percent tax on fire and lightning insurance premiums paid in the state during the previous calendar year.
Douglas County firefighter relief associations will receive a total of $286,846. The breakdown by city is: Lawrence, $231,874; Baldwin, $6,737; Clinton Township, $4,060; Eudora city, $18,746; Eudora Township, $4,164; Kanwaka Township, $2,493; Lecompton, $3,548; Palmyra Township, $5,842; Wakarusa Township, $5,391; and Willow Springs Township, $3,986.
Totals to be received by associations in nearby counties are: Franklin County, $55,461; Jefferson County, $56,391; and Leavenworth County, $134,758.