WESTFIELD, NJ — An organization dedicated to supporting law enforcement officers’ wives has honored a town police detective who died from heart failure in 2018.
The soon-to-be nonprofit, Blue_Wives_Matter, sent Tammy Lieberman — widow of Detective Eric Lieberman — a flag honoring her late husband, who died at age 47.
“Blue_Wives_Matter sent me this beautiful flag today honoring my husband,” said Lieberman, 44, in a Facebook post this week. “They have been with me from the beginning loving me through the hardest part of my life. I lost so much when I lost my Eric.”
Blue_Wives_Matter sent a card with the flag featuring a “Thin Blue Line,” a photo of which Lieberman shared to social media. “This TBL Flag is a symbol of the love & respect Blue_Wives_Matter has for the service your LEO dedicated to their communities. We will #neverforget you or them,” the note says.
Lieberman is among 30 widows of fallen law enforcement officers, who Kristen Sweaza, founder of Blue_Wives_Matter, told TAPinto Westfield she recently sent out the flags to.
“I send a care package to new members,” said Sweaza, who lives in Orange County, California. “What I am doing now is sending out a Thin Blue Line flag to all of our members to honor their husband’s service, and also honor them for the journey they’ve been through so that they know they are not forgotten, and we are there for them.
Lieberman is fighting late-stage breast cancer and last November drew media attention when she sought to stay on her husband’s health insurance plan, something a loophole in the contract would have prevented her from doing.
In February, the town notified Lieberman that it could apply a newly negotiated PBA contract to her situation, one that allows for spouses and dependents of deceased Westfield police officers with 25 or more years of service to continue receiving health benefits as if the employee was a retiree at the time of death.
Speaking with TAPinto Westfield, Lieberman offered praise for Blue_Wives_Matter.
“That group goes out of their way to find hurt souls and help them getting you through grief and dealing with different steps,” she said. “It’s a great … group that found me.”
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