With just three years to retire, Charlie lost his life. He worked twenty-three years to build his pension so we could support ourselves and live the life we worked so hard for.
At the time of Charlie's death, the city pension ordinances were outdated - leaving me only half of Charlie's pension. With the help of Governor Rick Scott, Congressman Gus Bilirakis, Representative Amber Mariano, NY PBA, FL PBA, NAPO, and the national C.O.P.S. Organization, we were able to work with the city and make the changes needed to give the surviving spouse of murdered officers 100% of thier pension, just as SB 7012 did in 2016 signed by Governor Rick Scott. Our Governor set a great example that day and continues to support our first responders and fallen familes.
It was a bittersweet day for sure. Nothing will bring my husband back but at least some of the financial burden was lifted for me. It was NOT a penny more than what Charlie worked for and it was the right thing do for my family and those still serving.