Some fallen first responders' children in Michigan not getting tuition aid due to loophole

  • Source: Fox 2 News Detroit
  • Published: 04/24/2019 12:00 AM

VIDEO: The wife of a fallen police officer thought she would be getting help - but found out her family won't be getting the benefit of help with tuition bills. A law in the books is supposed to take care of in-state college tuition for the families of fallen officers and firefighters, but there's a loophole that two freshman lawmakers want to tie up to make sure no family is left behind. It's been a tough journey for Yvonne Sawyers-Swanson. In 2004, her husband Mark, a Sterling Heights police officer was shot and killed in his police vehicle. The suspect ran off, and died by suicide before he was caught. She is pushing for legislation that would make sure all children of fallen officers and firefighters who die in the line of duty, have college taken care of at any public university in Michigan. But because of the way the law is written, her daughter Lily, now 16, will not get the benefit.


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