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Audit: Death Benefits Improperly Denied to Responders

WASHINGTON -- Police officers and firefighters who died of heart attacks and strokes while on the job were improperly denied survivors' death benefits after the Justice Department decided they weren't responding to emergencies, a new audit shows.

Additionally, payments to families of hundreds of fallen public safety officers were delayed for years due to foot-dragging at the department's Office of Justice Programs, the audit found.

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