(Watch) Shannon Bennett, the gay Broward County sheriff’s deputy who died after contracting COVID-19, was the first emergency responder in South Florida to die of the novel coronavirus. Now AIG is refusing to pay his line-of-duty death insurance claim, arguing that there is no proof he caught the deadly virus at work. The Broward Sheriff’s Office submitted an appeal to the insurance carrier, but it was denied too. In the second denial, the company admitted that certain health conditions do qualify under Florida law as “accidental and caused by employment,” but since the coronavirus wasn’t explicitly listed, it didn’t count. After the Pulse nightclub shooting, Bennett would park his patrol car near LGBTQ venues show people that 'they were protected.'