Anonymous July 17, 2017 19:00
"A coworker told me about the Thin Blue Line of Michigan after I sustained an on-duty injury. I called to find out information about possible benefits. I was immediately told how to apply, and the contact was very friendly and helpful. TBLofMI exceeded our expectations by quickly reviewing my application, and providing financial assistance."
In this case, The Thin Blue Line of Michigan provided financial assistance to a family after an on-duty injury.
Vivian Jackson July 14, 2017 19:00Vivian Jackson
Survivor of Detroit Police Officer Freddie Jackson
"After being turned down by another organization... not only did the Thin Blue Line help me with my request to go to the Law Enforcement Memorial in Washington D.C., they handled everything. I was totally shocked, since my husband Freddie Jackson was shot and killed in 1986. The Thin Blue Line provided my son and myself the opportunity to see my husbands name on the Law Enforcement Memorial Wall as well as to say a final goodbye to Freddie."
The Thin Blue Line of Michigan assisted Vivian and her son with a planned trip to the National Law Enforcement Memorial in D.C.
Jim Zemaitis June 12, 2017 19:00
Officer, Grand Rapids P.D.
"My wife had no life insurance and was self employed. She could not work for about a year before her death and we were quite financially strapped. When she died, the financial burden, along with her death was overwhelming. The positive and 'can do' attitude of the Thin Blue Line from the first conversation to the last was very comforting.
When it counts the most, when it hurts the worst, when everyone else can only say 'I'm sorry', the Thin Blue Line is there to pick up the pieces. Its value is priceless."
The Thin Blue Line of Michigan assisted Jim by providing financial benefits for his wife's funeral.
Anonymous June 09, 2017 19:00
"In April I was injured on the job and was out of work for 14 weeks... In Nov. I was injured again and was out of work for 6 months... They [TBL] gave me the power to fight and stay strong through the worst of my life. The financial assistance was great but the assistance I received with workers comp., you can't place a value on. TBL is the only organization that will stand by your side and see you through your darkest time."
The Thin Blue Line of Michigan provided financial and legal assistance to this person while they recovered from on duty injuries.
Sgt. Carl Schuster June 05, 2017 19:00
Sgt. Carl Schuster
Grosse Pointe Woods Police Department
"I did not know what to expect. After the first call I knew assistance was on the way. The surgery was very difficult and the peace of mind knowing there was someone else I could turn to and rely on was invaluable. This organization fills a need in the law enforcement community all too often ignored..."
The Thin Blue Line of Michigan assisted Carl after a difficult medical operation with financial and legal support.
Detective Linda Fultz June 02, 2017 19:00
Detective Linda Fultz
Wixom Police Department
" I broke my arm while off duty. I missed work for 3 months. TBL's financial assistance during this time was greatly appreciated. My assistance was primarily financial, however that assistance did help my emotional state. It's nice to know that such an organization exists and that they put the community first."
The Thin Blue Line of Michigan assisted Detective Fultz financially during her recovery from an off duty injury.
Kurt Potratz May 08, 2017 19:00Deputy Kurt Potratz
Monroe County S.O.
"I was involved in an on-duty patrol car crash in which I broke my right hip. I was overwhelmed by the assistance that I received: Assistance is locating an attorney, no-fault insurance benefits, work-comp consultation, and crime-victims applications. My needs were met and far exceeded. It is an organization that every officer in Michigan should be aware of, because every officer will need TBL at some time in their career."
The Thin Blue Line of Michigan assisted Kurt with benefits and finances after his accident.
Anonymous May 05, 2017 19:00
"My daughter and I are very grateful for everything this organization has done. This organization has been a God send for my daughter, allowing her to pursue her academic ability without the worry of financial support. It gives families peace of mind and also moral support."
In this case, the Thin Blue Line provided financial assistance for a young woman's tuition after the death of her father.
Brian Zasadny May 01, 2017 19:00
Officer Brian Zasadny
Ann Arbor P.D.
"I have a son with special needs and when I needed some financial assistance I contacted them. I called when I realized my son was going to have some [expensive] therapy. ...we wanted my son to have this therapy but we had concerns on how we were going to afford it. I never thought they [TBL] could help me out as much as they did.
I signed up [as a TBL member] to assist others. I never thought I would be seeking help from them. It just shows that you never know what is going to happen and when."
The Thin Blue Line provided Brian and his son with financial assistance.
Anonymous April 24, 2017 19:00
"[My husband] was killed in the line of duty. TBL helped us understand the support network available - emotional and financial. We appreciated help understanding our responsibilities, pending benefits, paperwork, and expectations for the coming year. They made us all feel like we could continue to live."
The Thin Blue Line assisted this family of survivors emotionally and organizationally after a line of duty death.
Robert Miller April 20, 2017 19:12
Officer Robert Miller
Battle Creek P.D.
"I knew about the TBL for several years, however it wasn't until I was shot that I knew the great extent of the benefits the TBL of MI offers. It was an awesome feeling that there was assistance for my family after the shooting. This has been a life changing experience."
The Thin Blue Line provided Robert with assistance submitting his case to the Crime Victims Fund and financial support during his recovery.
Ed Colinas February 10, 2017 18:00
Sgt. Ed Colinas
Chesterfield Township P.D.
"The financial assistance helped keep us on top of our bills as we are a single income family. Kind words and prayers helped to keep me 'positive' about my situation and recovery. TBL helps to make officers & families financially 'whole', especially in single income families like mine."
The Thin Blue Line of Michigan provided Ed and his family with financial assistance.
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