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Middlebrook family's attorney speaks out on proposed resolution

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LAFAYETTE, La. -

The widow of Corporal Micheal Middlebrook is both thrilled and thankful on Thursday night.

These emotions come after Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux decided to present a resolution at the next Lafayette Consolidated Government meeting that would protect the families of fallen first responders.

Middlebrook family's attorney, Allyson Prejean, said she and her client have been waiting for this resolution.

"We are grateful for Councilman Boudreaux for being persistent and getting this done. We are almost there in the home stretch, and I hope Tuesday goes off without a hitch, and I know that Adrienne does as well," Prejean said. 

Prejean has been fighting on behalf of the family for about two months now.

"We're thrilled, obviously. This is what we have requested from day one. This is going to be a huge benefit to Adrienne and her child. She is happy, and we are very hopeful," Prejean said. 

The resolution will be retroactive to include the Middlebrook family, dating back to September 1. 

"We can't lose sight of the fact that her husband was taken away from her in an instant in a very tragic way. And so, it's going to be one less thing for her to worry about, and try to move on with some kind of normal life the best way she can," Prejean said. 

State Rep. Julie Emerson (R-Carencro) has chosen to file a bill, requiring law enforcement agencies to give survivors health insurance at existing rates. 

If this vote passes, Adrienne Middlebrook will be adopted into the resolution and will no longer have to remain at the retiree rate she is paying now. 

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