LA VERGNE – Six law enforcement officers in Tennessee lost their lives in the line of duty last year. Their survivors will join the 160 families nationwide who lost loved ones during a candlelight vigil at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial. The vigil is part of National Police Week, scheduled May 13-16 in Washington, D.C.
The La Vergne Police Department through the local Fraternal Order of Police will be sending officers to the national event to honor fallen comrades and to offer moral support for their survivors. They will escort the Tennessee families to D.C. and help them cope during the very emotional week.
To help pay for the trip, the Fraternal Order of Police is reaching out to local businesses and the community by asking for donations. Any additional funds raised will be donated to Concerns of Police Survivors, a national organization that provides resources to help rebuild lives of surviving families and affected co-workers.
“Every police officer grieves when we lose a comrade,” said Sgt. Burrel “Chip” Davis, president of the FOP Lodge 85. “When someone makes the ultimate sacrifice while on duty to protect and serve the public, we owe it to them to remember. Remembering their sacrifice and then helping their survivors is one of the greatest honors we can bestow upon a fallen officer.”
Donations can be made to the FOP Lodge 85 at the La Vergne Police Department, 5093 Murfreesboro Road. Additionally, Detective Stolinsky can be reached at 615-287-8667 for any questions.