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Financial support for families of slain APD officers

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Atlanta police officers Richard Halford and Shawn Smiley died in the line of duty.

The helicopter they were flying in crashed in Southwest Atlanta on Saturday while the officers were providing air support in the search for a missing child.

Because those officers died on the job, their surviving families will get additional financial support on top of their workers compensations benefits from the city.

"We can't replace the loved one. We try to replace the income they would have earned over the course of their lifetime," said Human Resources Commissioner Yvonne Yancy.

Smiley is survived by a wife and three children under the age of 10.  Halford was divorced. He has a daughter who is a college student.

Soon after the officers' funerals, Yancy said their families will start receiving checks from the city.

"The will receive the officers' salaries that will continue for two years," said Yancy.

In addition to the normal benefits Halford and Smiley elected through the city, those officers' surviving spouses and children will also received $100,000 thorough the Atlanta Police Foundation and approximately $100,000 through a state fund for slain officers and roughly $300,000 through a federal fund administered by the FBI.

The state and federal amounts will vary based on the amount of money in those funds.

"They are very generous funds and they are very large numbers. It's important to remember that the intent of those funds is to replace the lifetime earnings of these slain officers. The families have suffered a great loss," said Yancy.

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