AP Representative Allen Treadway, who is also the Assistant Chief for Birmingham Police said he is working on a bill where health benefits can continue for the families of officers who die in the line of duty. He said many times families lose their health benefits and can only keep them through certain avenues, at a much higher rate. Treadway said he's still working out the details, researching how this might be done but he said there is no question, this is long overdue.
"We've got officers in this state, dying in the line of duty. And when their funeral is over, they receive a letter in the mail that they're going to be cut off of their health insurance. And we've just heard from Sgt. Carter's wife that it's a decision between having a roof over your head or keeping health insurance," said Treadway.