FOND DU LAC, WI (WTAQ) - Some Fond du Lac High School students have asked Wisconsin lawmakers to do next year what they failed to do this year – compensate the families of police officers killed on duty. As part of a class project, students in an advanced placement politics-and-government class called on lawmakers to pass a measure to keep giving health insurance to families of fallen law enforcement officers. The proposal strikes close-to-home for the Fond du Lac youngsters, after their hometown police officer Craig Birkholz was slain by a domestic abuse suspect 15 months ago. Student Zach Peltonen said those families quote, “should not be punished financially just because members of our police force made the ultimate sacrifice for the safety of the public.” Other students said the families of fallen fire-fighters already get compensated by receiving those officers’ health plans – and the police should be treated the same. The Fond du Lac students were urged to pick a project important to the youngsters that could bring about change. The Senate passed the health compensation bill last year, but it died in the Assembly when the session ended in March. A lawmaker would have to re-introduce the measure when the new session begins next January. The previous bill would have covered surviving spouses until they re-marry or turn 65. Children up to age 27 would also have been covered, depending on their education status.