Section 5. Upon the death of any member in good standing in the Association, the amount of $500 may be appropriated from the Association's Benefit Fund to be used to help defray the burial expenses of the deceased member. Any duly qualified person, representing the department to which the deceased was attached, or the beneficiary or beneficiaries of the deceased shall forward to the Secretary of the Association a properly certified copy of the death certificate and shall make request to the Association for payment to the beneficiary or beneficiaries of the deceased, of the funeral benefits. The Chief or Assistant Chief may be instructed by the Secretary to secure from the beneficiary or beneficiaries of the deceased a properly signed receipt for the above stated benefit.
Section 6. If a lawful beneficiary does not appear with due proof of death within 365 days after death of the insured, the benefit will revert to the Association for the continued use of the Association’s remaining members. Special circumstances which result in submission of the proof of death beyond the pre-appointed timeframe may be appealed before the Board of Trustees, whose decision shall be final and shall be entered into the written record of the Association.
Section 7. The cost of service awards, as described in Article 9 of this Constitution, shall be appropriated from the Benefit Fund.