When a full-time law enforcement officer or full-time firefighter employed by the state, by any county, or by any municipality, a volunteer firefighter, or a rescue squad member is or was killed or becomes totally disabled in the line of duty, free tuition for undergraduate study at any state college, state community college, state junior college, state technical college, in the State of Alabama, and other costs officially prescribed for the classes in the course of study, shall be paid for the following:

Terms Used In Alabama Code 36-21-102

  • Dependent: A person dependent for support upon another.
  • following: means next after. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
  • RESCUE SQUAD MEMBER: A member of an organized rescue squad of a city, town, county, or other subdivision of the state or of a public corporation, organized for the purpose of providing, within the scope of his or her practice: First aid, treatment or transport of the sick or injured; rescue or recovery operations at incidents of drowning; search and rescue of individuals lost or incapable of self rescue; or any other emergency or non-emergency incident where the services provided by the rescue squad are deemed necessary for incident stabilization. See Alabama Code 36-21-101
  • state: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Alabama Code 30-3D-608
  • tuition: The cost of instruction and fees to the student as stated in the institution's catalog, plus the cost of books and supplies. See Alabama Code 36-21-101
  • VOLUNTEER FIREFIGHTER: Any person who meets all requirements set forth by his or her department, as attested by the chief of that department, and who is any of the following:

    a. See Alabama Code 36-21-101

(1) Any dependent child, natural or adopted, under 21 years of age at the time of death or total disability of the law enforcement officer, firefighter, or rescue squad member.

(2) A spouse who has not remarried, provided initial enrollment is within five years of the death or total disability of the law enforcement officer, firefighter, volunteer firefighter, or rescue squad member.

(Acts 1987, No. 87-609, p. 1058, §3; Act 99-448, p. 1039, §1; Act 2000-808, p. 1920, §1; Act 2009-631, p. 1935, §1; Act 2016-385, §1.)