Senator Berger receiving FOP award
On Saturday, April 8, 2006, Senator Doug Berger of District 7 (Franklin, Granville, Vance, and Warren counties) received the Legislator of the Year Award from the North Carolina State Lodge Fraternal Order of Police.
At their meeting at the Holiday Inn in Cary, Vice President Terry Mangum presented the award and thanked Senator Berger for the efforts made on behalf of law enforcement officers during the 2005 session of the North Carolina General Assemby. Senator Berger introduced a bill giving the families of part-time law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty the same benefits awarded to full-time officers. The bill was passed and signed into law by Governor Michael Easley on September 8, 2005. Another measure being considered in the General Assembly and supported by the Fraternal Order of Police is a proposal to allow full retirement benefits for officers with 25 years of service.