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Resolution for continuing survivor family health benefits passes

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Families of Lafayette police officers and firefighters, killed in the line of duty will no longer have to worry about facing an increase in health insurance costs.

It was an issue brought up in the wake of Cpl. Michael Middlebrook's death.

His widow made a request to LCG, she wanted to keep her health insurance at the rate the family was paying while Cpl. Middlebrook was alive.

That request was denied, instead, Middlebrook's widow was allowed to keep her insurance, but at a retiree premium, which was a 125% increase.

"Motion is approved as ammended," announced an LCG assistant, and with that a roaring round of applause.

And for Adrienne Middlebrook, Cpl. Middlebrook's widow who was sitting next to her attorney during the meeting, a sigh of relief at the news.

"It wasn't just a matter of signing a document, flicking a switch or anything of that nature. it was important that we do it right," said Councilman Kenneth Boudreaux.

The council unanimously approved the resolution to make changes to its policy. Survivors of police officers and firefighters killed in the line of duty will keep their health insurance at the same rate.

"We don't put on bullet proof vests when we leave the house in the morning.We don't rush into burning buildings and recognizing that, this was the logical first step for us to take and focus our efforts on. And that is in no way to minimize everyone else, but there is a difference," said Mayor- president Joel Robideaux.

It's an issue that's been a concern for first responders since just days after Cpl. Middelbrook's death, when dozens of his fellow police officers lined the council room with concerns.

"Tonight kind of brings closure to that. we're going to get the results that everyone wanted in their own way," said Boudreaux.

"It's definitely a success for everyone. It's a victory for everyone, their rates don't go up they're allowed to continue with their lives," said Toby Delahoussey with the Police Association of Lafayette.

The policy is retroactive to September 1st to include the Middlebrook family.

 

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