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.
Bert Richards February 03, 2017 17:16
Trooper Bert Richards
Michigan State Police
"...I contacted the TBL ref. assistance with a Workers Comp. denial. I was overjoyed, I never realized the TBL assisted in cases like mine. They provided me the resources I needed to assist with a dispute. They gave me peace of mind that everything would be ok. It's in their name - 'Thin Blue Line' - They understand the demands of the job."
The Thin Blue Line provided Bert with legal assistance to solve a workers compensation dispute.
Mike Dingwell January 13, 2017 00:00
Michigan Department of Corrections
"[The TBL staff] were very positive in a bad time in my life - fighting cancer and nearly losing my job... The TBL helped us offset the costly experience of cancer battle... The TBL far exceeded my expectations. Their services and staff are beyond great."
The Thin Blue Line of Michigan provided Mike with legal assistance to keep his employment and with financial assistance for his medical costs.
Scot Olney January 06, 2017 00:00
"I was involved in a motorcycle accident off duty... I was very surprised that as a part-time employee I qualified for assistance. The assistance made the difference in surviving... Knowing an organization is there to help is very valuable not only to an officer but also their family. The blue line is thin, and this organization insures it will remain unbroken."
The Thin Blue Line of Michigan provided emotional and financial support after Scot was injured in an off duty motorcycle accident.
Robert & Carey Baxter December 30, 2016 17:11
Tuscola County Sheriff's Department
"My wife [Carey] had stage IV breast cancer and was unable to walk. I needed help getting her to appointments safely and comfortably. I wasn't sure before hand if they could help since my wife was not a LEO [Law Enforcement Officer], but felt relieved they could... It was a relief to know that she could get transportation. It took care of one less worry."
The Thin Blue Line of Michigan assisted by providing a transport van service for Carey.
Anonymous December 23, 2016 15:49
Livingston County Sheriff's Department
"I cannot describe my reaction fully. What TBL did for my family and I, I will never forget. I felt TBL cared because of the e-mail and phone calls to check up on me. ...your support totally blew me away."
In this case, the Thin Blue Line gave financial assistance and acted as liaison for an injured officer.
Officer Travis Fante December 15, 2016 17:58
Grand Rapids P.D.
"...I never expected such help! I was also surprised how long they [The TBL] continued to support me. We stick together and when one of us is hurt we all hurt. ...I think everyone in need would benefit from this organization."
Travis was injured in an accident. The Thin Blue Line provided financial assistance to him and his family after his injury.
Officer Terrence Williams November 30, 2016 00:00
Saginaw Township P.D.
"My first contact with the TBL was... shortly after my on duty auto accident... I felt the TBL could help me and they did beyond belief. I was shocked. If I would call for questions I would get answers. [The Thin Blue Line is] Very Valuable I couldn't of provided for my family if it wasn't for the TBL. God Bless, Thank-you for everything."
Terrence was injured in an auto accident on duty. The Thin Blue Line provided financial assistance to him and his family after his injury.
Officer Tom Arsenault November 27, 2016 00:00
"[The Thin Blue Line is] Very helpful given the recent incline of officer deaths in MI. TBLM really helped me when I was off on a non-work injury. I would highly recommend TBLM to all officers."
Tom suffered an off-duty injury.The Thin Blue Line of Michigan provided financial assistance to Tom.
Officer John Butler November 23, 2016 17:47
Redford Township P.D.
"I did not think to call the Thin Blue Line until urged to do so... I called the Thin Blue Line for assistance, possibly the best action I could have taken. I had numerous concerns about medical, financial and work-related issues... They [Thin Blue Line] listened to my story, then helped me develop a plan of action. The TBL provided financial relief, emotional support, and much needed advice concerning my rights... The Thin Blue Line's assistance to me and my family was an absolute blessing! Your organization really cares about the individual officer and his/her family - that fact means a great deal to me, thank you again!"
John was involved in an on-duty motor vehicle accident and incurred difficult injuries. The Thin Blue Line provided financial assistance and legal counseling to John and his family.
Randy Casler February 02, 2016 15:19
I was made aware of the TBL through a informational meeting held at our department. The information presented to our police department was a real eye opener. It was a blessing to learn that there was someone in our corner and ready to help in any situation. At the time of our first contact I was not in need of any assistance. It was a chance to be of help to all like minded brothers and sisters in our chosen profession.
Many years later I came to a crossroads myself. At that time I was in good shape financially and did not want to use the TBL unless I was in dire need. Some months later I had exhausted some of the financial protection my family had and I called TBL to see what could be done.
The TBL met my needs and were wanting to know if there was anything I could use help with. Medical assistance or legal assistance, moral support and many other things. The TBL was there when I needed help most.
I would encourage all Law Enforcement families to contact TBL when need arises. One of the great things that is available is the willingness of the TBL to help all, not just financial supporters of TBL. I cannot think of a better reason to be a part of the TBL family and have been honored to do so.
- Excerpts quoted from Randy Lee Casler, Hillsdale P.D. Original date of assistance: August 2013.
Officer Jason Lowrie May 22, 2015 10:55Officer Jason Lowrie
Grand Rapids Police Department
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