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'In the line of duty subsidies' resolution passes city council committee

Officer Sean Bolton was killed in the line of duty (Source: Facebook) Officer Sean Bolton was killed in the line of duty (Source: Facebook)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

During Tuesday's personnel committee meeting, Memphis City Council members voted unanimously that the spouse of any officer who dies in the line of duty will continue to get health benefits.

As the city struggles with the loss of slain officer Sean Bolton, Police Director Toney Armstrong sat in the Memphis City Council committee meeting Tuesday.

He said timing is everything.

Armstrong is referring to the timing of a resolution, sponsored by council member Jim Strickland, which would guarantee insurance subsidies for families of employees killed in the line of duty.

The council discussed extending the subsidies in 2014, but never resolved the issue.

The resolution passed Tuesday in committee without delay.

"This is one of those things that ensures the families of our law enforcement officials that in the event that there is an untimely death or line of duty death that they will be provided for," said Armstrong.

Armstrong said it is disheartening anytime he loses one of his own, but he is satisfied in knowing that the city is committed to taking care of these families.

"It certainly is pleasing to me, especially in the four years I've been here, I've lost three officers," said Armstrong.

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