Proposed bill to help families of fallen officers in Wisconsin

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SHEBOYGAN (WKOW) — When you think of losing a loved one, losing health insurance isn’t top of mind. For the widows of law enforcement officers, it has to be.

Right now, when an officer is killed in the line of duty in Wisconsin the family only has months to find another way to get health insurance. But a bill being brought before lawmakers in an upcoming session is hoping to change that.

The “Duty Death” Bill, or Assembly Bill 300, would allow law enforcement widows the ability to keep their family’s on the department’s health insurance plan. Funding for this would come from the community where the officer was employed.

Wake Up Wisconsin Anchor Rebecca Ribley talks to a woman who lost her husband, a lieutenant with the Sheboygan County Sheriff’s Office, 15 years ago in a tragic on-duty accident. She talks about the pain she felt after she got the news — and difficulties she endured as she navigated the rocky road without him emotionally and financially.

Watch 27 News at 10 on Thursday, Sept. 12 to see our special report, Beyond the Call of Duty.

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