BENEFITING: CONCERNS OF POLICE SURVIVORS
EVENT DATE: Aug 22, 2015
On August 22, 2015, I will be running a 50 mile trail race. I will train for 50 weeks and in each week, I will be honoring police officers who have given their lives to serve their communities. It is my hope that you will help me honor these officers by sharing their stories and donating to my fundraiser for Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.).
My uncle, Larry Nehasil, gave the supreme sacrifice in 2011 while working under cover for the Livonia Police Department in Michigan. You can read more about his story here: http://www.odmp.org/officer/20657-police-officer-larry-james-nehasil
The C.O.P.S. organization has helped my family immensely and has connected Larry's wife, sons, siblings, and mother to other individuals who have gone through similar experiences. Without C.O.P.S., I can honestly say that their lives would be much different right now.
Since 1984 C.O.P.S. mission has been to “rebuild shattered lives” of the surviving family members and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty. C.O.P.S. helps law enforcement survivors by providing emotional support and healing programs needed to cope with a sudden, violent death. C.O.P.S. is a national organization with 54 chapters throughout the United States. C.O.P.S. is a not for profit 501(c)(3) organization. C.O.P.S.’ membership is made up of nearly 30,000 survivors. Unfortunately, that membership continues to grow as statistics reflect that 160-180 law enforcement officers are killed every year in the line of duty.
Your donation to C.O.P.S will provide outward programs for kids/adult children, camps, retreats, scholarships, grief counseling and a 21-hour training for police officers. The training addresses in the line-of-duty deaths, critical incidents, police suicides, law enforcement disabilities and specialized training for the traumatized officer. These programs and services are at no charge to survivors.