Firefighter Died During a Football Game In the Line of Duty

Line of Duty Compensation awards have been granted to officers who died while on-duty but were engaged in physical activities outside the scope of their job. For example, in In Re Application of Winchester (1991), 44 Ill.Ct.Cl.232, the Court held that a firefighter who died during an impromptu football game played while he was waiting for orders was killed in the line of duty within the meaning of the Act. The court found that firefighters were encouraged to take part in physical activity since it helps maintain the physical conditioning necessary for that line of work.