Tuesday, February 25, 2014

COPS Walk Southwest 2014

 COPS Walk Southwest 2014


 We spent the last weekend in February in Phoenix at this Concerns of Police Survivors fundraiser.  The 3rd Annual COPS Walk Southwest was February 22nd and 23rd.  Forty+ fantastic participants walked 12.5 miles each day for a total of 25 miles for the weekend.


 National Concerns of Police Survivors and C.O.P.S. Arizona hosted this two-day, 25-mile walk along the SRP Path in Phoenix, uniting families and friends from all over the southwest as they honor fallen officers who paid the ultimate sacrifice while protecting their communities.



Funds raised by participants help the families and affected loved ones of fallen officers attend retreats and other hands-on programs with others who share their unique bond, providing an atmosphere of peer support where they can honor those lost while starting to rebuild their own lives with others who’ve experienced the same unimaginable pain. 


It was my privilege and honor to be there.  I was one of the many volunteers there to support COPS and help the participants.  I was the official photographer and shot over 400 images.  I met a lot of great people and will share a few images from the often-time emotional event. 


Thanks to the participants, volunteers, COPS folks, sponsors, and to those who remember the fallen.  We do not walk alone.  There are those that know how we feel and know how to share, listen, and just be there. 


It is hard to explain to those who have not attended what a special event this is.  I feel fortunate to attend these events and meet all of the great people!  I learn so much about myself, and others, by the time spent there.  Emotions run high for me, and many others, during this event. 


Arizona Concerns of Police Survivors
Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty as determined by Federal criteria. Furthermore, C.O.P.S. provides training to law enforcement agencies on survivor victimization issues and educates the public of the need to support the law enforcement profession and its survivors.



Concerns of Police Survivors
Concerns of Police Survivors was organized in 1984 with 110 individual members. Today C.O.P.S. membership is over 32,000 Survivors.  Members include spouses, children, parents, siblings, significant others, and co-workers of officers killed in the line of duty according to Federal government criteria. C.O.P.S. is governed by a National Board of law enforcement survivors.  All programs and services are administered by the National Office in Camdenton, Missouri.  C.O.P.S. has over 55 Chapters nationwide that work with survivors at the grass-roots level.



Preliminary 2014 Law Enforcement Officer Fatalities
February 24, 2014 vs. February 24, 2013

2014   2013   Change
Total Fatalities         18       13       +38%
Firearms-related     5          6          -17%
Traffic-related           8         4         +100%
Other Causes          5          3          +67%
Please note: These numbers reflect total officer fatalities comparing February 24, 2014 to February 24, 2013

2014 Fatalities by State
California      3
Oklahoma     3
Virginia          2
Colorado       1
Florida           1
Louisiana      1
Nebraska      1
Ohio               1
Oregon          1
Tennessee   1
Utah               1
Federal Agencies: 1
U.S. Territories: 1
Tribal:             0

Note: All data are preliminary and are subject to change.



Officer Down Memorial Page
“Remembering All of Law Enforcement’s Heroes.”


 “A physical challenge, an emotional high, and the opportunity to help C.O.P.S.  We never walk alone.”




Here are links to some of my other Law Enforcement themed blogs:











Showing off...




And the link to all 457 images from the event on Shutterfly:








Winded from crossing the road?  











Helicopter flyover, day one.






Relaxing after day one.

Foot fetish, or he liked to cause pain...





























A well deserved lunch break.

He might be running from the Police...

PD Helicopter Flyover...



You really had to be there...


























Thanks for looking! 

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great pics buddy! Like usual
-scott razo

Anonymous said...

Most excellent photos of a most excellent event! What an honor to have been a walker among such awesome folks. Good stuff TC!!

Joellen

Anonymous said...

TC .... well done! Those photos under the trees reminded me of somewheres in California or on the East Coast. Good turnout too.... glad you had a successful event.

Mary Lee

Anonymous said...

"Thank you for honoring those who have made our lives worth the walk."

A mother of a fallen officer

TC Brown said...

Thanks for all the comments! It is my honor and privilege to be a part of this event in remembering those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Anonymous said...

Love the portapotty pictures! You did an amazing job! You're my second favorite photographer ;)
Chris

TC Brown said...

Thanks Chris! I think I know who is your favorite. Mine too.

Billy Sober said...

T.C. You're finally in one of the pictures. Looks like everybody enjoyed themselves. I too, favor the J-John pictures...

TC Brown said...

Thanks Billy.

Anonymous said...

Great photos!!

Neon Refinery said...

Great photo-documentation. Glad to find one of you in there, as well as one of the brother. I also like the enhanced narration this year. Looks as if the photographer ends up making that walk too!!! Here's to Officer Leroy-- you both rocked the walk in tribute :) Teri