Widows react to slain-officers law - Tucson News Now

Widows react to slain-officers law

Sherry Graham-Potter and her late husband, deputy Tim Graham of Pima County Sheriff's Office. Sherry Graham-Potter and her late husband, deputy Tim Graham of Pima County Sheriff's Office.
TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Widows of fallen law enforcement officers are speaking out about a new law granting them health benefits after their loved ones pass away.

The law -- signed by Gov. Jan Brewer Friday will extend health care coverage to the families left behind.

"Just trying to figure out how you're going to move forward," said Sherry Graham Potter. "How you're going to tell your children?"

Graham-Potter's world was turned upside down.

Eight years ago, she got the unbearable news that her husband, Pima County Sheriff's Deputy Tim Graham was hit and killed by a car.

"It shatters your life. It changes everything that you ever believed you knew," said Graham-Potter.

Still having a difficult time grieving a few years after the incident, she says Pima County offered her insurance that would've cost her roughly a couple thousand dollars a month.

"It's just not something you want to deal with.. I have a child who has a chronic orthopedic issue," said Graham-Potter

But now Brewer signed a law helping widows of fallen law enforcement officers, firefighters and correctional officers.

The premiums of widows and their children will be paid for until they re-marry, or become eligible for medicare.

Children would be covered until the age of 18, or 23 if they're attending college full-time.

The bill requires the state -- counties, cities and towns -- to pay the normal premiums of the surviving spouse.

It's a law widow Jan Blaser-Upchurch says is well worth it.

"Health insurance seems like a very small price to pay after everything they have paid," she said.

Copyright 2013 Tucson News Now All rights reserved.

 

  • Local newsMore>>

  • Man with gun threatens customers at east side Walmart

    Man with gun threatens customers at east side Walmart

    Tuesday, September 26 2017 12:45 AM EDT2017-09-26 04:45:39 GMT
    Tucson police on scene at east side Walmart. (Source: Tucson News Now)Tucson police on scene at east side Walmart. (Source: Tucson News Now)

    A man entered the Walmart Neighborhood Market at Camino Seco and Broadway on Monday, Sept. 25 and began waving a gun around, according to Sgt. Kim Bay, spokeswoman for the Tucson Police Department.  

    A man entered the Walmart Neighborhood Market at Camino Seco and Broadway on Monday, Sept. 25 and began waving a gun around, according to Sgt. Kim Bay, spokeswoman for the Tucson Police Department.  

  • Reminder from Pima Co. Recorder's Office about Nov. consolidated election

    Reminder from Pima Co. Recorder's Office about Nov. consolidated election

    Tuesday, September 26 2017 12:13 AM EDT2017-09-26 04:13:46 GMT
    (Source: Raycom News Network)(Source: Raycom News Network)

    Pima County residents are reminded that in November the county will be running several jurisdictional elections from cities, schools and fire districts in a consolidated election. 

    Pima County residents are reminded that in November the county will be running several jurisdictional elections from cities, schools and fire districts in a consolidated election. 

  • Crime statistics released for University of Arizona 2017

    Crime statistics released for University of Arizona 2017

    Monday, September 25 2017 9:36 PM EDT2017-09-26 01:36:42 GMT

    "There's nothing that jumps out at me," said Brian Seastone, the campus police chief. There was however, an increase in liquor law violations, disciplinary actions coupled with a drop in arrests.

    "There's nothing that jumps out at me," said Brian Seastone, the campus police chief. There was however, an increase in liquor law violations, disciplinary actions coupled with a drop in arrests.

Powered by Frankly