Saturday, October 22, 2016

COPS Walk Harpers Ferry 2016

 COPS Walk Harpers Ferry 2016
 We made a trip to COPS Walk Harpers Ferry for the first time in October 2016 for the Concerns of Police Survivors fundraiser.  This was the 12th Annual COPS Walk Harpers Ferry.  About 50 fantastic participants walked a total of 25 miles for the weekend. In total, over $95,000 was raised for the C.O.P.S. Hands-On Programs, which provides Law Enforcement survivors with grief counseling and much needed support. It was an incredible weekend with great people.  It was great to see some old friends and make a lot of new ones!
Thanks to all of the walkers, sponsors, and supporters. I feel blessed to have been a part of this event.  I took about 250 images from this awesome event!  What an honor and privilege!  Special thanks to those in law enforcement and the volunteers who helped with the event!

 Concerns of Police Survivors
“Each year, between 140 and 160 officers are killed in the line of duty and their families and co-workers are left to cope with the tragic loss. C.O.P.S. provides resources to help them rebuild their shattered lives. There is no membership fee to join C.O.P.S., for the price paid is already too high.
C.O.P.S. was organized in 1984 with 110 individual members. Today C.O.P.S. membership is over 37,000 families. Members include spouses, children, parents, siblings, significant others, and affected 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 50 Chapters nationwide that work with survivors at the grass-roots level. 
C.O.P.S. programs for survivors include the National Police Survivors' Conference held each May during National Police Week, scholarships, peer-support at the national, state, and local levels, "C.O.P.S. Kids" counseling reimbursement program, the "C.O.P.S. Kids" Summer Camp, "C.O.P.S. Teens" Outward Bound experience for young adults, special retreats for spouses, parents, siblings, adult children, in-laws, and co-workers, trial and parole support, and other assistance programs. 
 C.O.P.S. knows that a survivor's level of distress is directly affected by the agency's response to the tragedy. C.O.P.S., therefore, offers training and assistance to law enforcement agencies nationwide on how to respond to the tragic loss of a member of the law enforcement profession. C.O.P.S. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. C.O.P.S. programs and services are funded by grants and donations.”

 COPS WALK Harpers Ferry
The annual COPS WALK Harpers Ferry will bring together survivors, friends and members of the law enforcement community who are willing to take on the challenge of walking 25 miles in two days to support Concerns of Police Survivors.

The goal is to fundraise for C.O.P.S.’ Hands-On Programs.  These programs allow C.O.P.S. to host camps for fallen officers’ kids, and retreats for spouses, siblings, parents and other survivors.  The walk is designed to provide participants with a physical challenge as well as the opportunity to spend time with survivors, law enforcement officers, and friends walking in memory of loved ones, or co-workers.  This walk is not timed; it is not a race.

 2016 Line of Duty Deaths: 102
As of 10/22/16
Gunfire: 46
 By Month
January: 5
February: 10
March: 16
April: 2
May: 7
June: 10
July: 19
August: 10
September: 15
October: 8
 By State
Iowa: 3
Kansas: 3
Ohio: 5
Oregon: 1
Texas: 17
Utah: 1
By Gender
Male: 97
Female: 5
Average age: 41
Average tour of duty: 13 years, 2 months

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

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 Law Enforcement United
Law Enforcement United made their six annual 250-mile journey, the “Road to Hope” from Chesapeake, Virginia, to the World War II Memorial during National Police Week 2015.  Before presenting C.O.P.S. with $175,000, the bicyclists rode in honor of the law enforcement heroes that died in the line of duty and in support of the survivors.  The contributions from LEU’s ride are used to fund costs for C.O.P.S. Kids Summer Camp and other C.O.P.S. Kids programs.  LEU has had volunteers at C.O.P.S Kids Camp and have sponsored and volunteered at events like COPS WALK. C.O.P.S. is honored to have such wonderful support from LEU.
Former police officer, Harry Herington, made a promise to his partners just as thousands of officers do today – "If something happens to me, take care of my family."
Today as the CEO of NIC Inc., he continues that promise with Ride4Cops – an initiative to support the families of fallen officers.
The Memorial Bike is a customized Harley-Davidson honoring our nation's fallen heroes – those law enforcement officers who were killed in the line of duty. The bike includes details such as a flag flying at half-staff and a depiction of St. Michael, the Archangel, patron saint of police officers.
"Mothers of fallen officers have placed their hand on the painting of St. Michael and wept," says Harry Herington, NIC CEO and Ride4Cops founder. "In those moments I wish Ride4Cops could do even more, and it strengthens my resolve to make sure their loved one and all of the fallen heroes are not forgotten."
Throughout the Ride4Cops journey, the Memorial Bike has become a traveling memorial. At each event family members and friends have donated mementoes from their loved on to travel on the motorcycle. Mini-badges of fallen officers are displayed and the bike's compartment carries pictures drawn by fallen officers' children.
"I have had people remove a bracelet or take a photo of their loved one from their wallet, telling me it's been with them since their son, daughter, or spouse passed away," says Harry Herington, NIC CEO and Ride4Cops founder. "I know when I ride the Memorial Bike I'm paying tribute to so many heroes."
Streamlight is a strong corporate sponsor of Concerns of Police Survivors and has shown its support since 1999.  In 2015, Streamlight had pledged $100,000 to underwrite many C.O.P.S. events such as the May 14 C.O.P.S. National Police Survivors’ Conference lunch during National Police Week. Streamlight is again, the Gold Sponsor for the 4th Annual COPS WALK SOUTHWEST in February 2015, and is the Lead Sponsor for the October 2015 COPS WALK Harpers Ferry.  Their generous donation also provides travel assistance to underprivileged survivors to help them get to C.O.P.S.’ Hands-On Programs and gifts for all survivors attending the Hands-On Programs.  Streamlight is also the major sponsor for the 2015 Co-Workers Retreat, Co-Workers for Couples Retreat, C.O.P.S. Kids Camp and Outward Bound®.  With Streamlight’s dedicated funding, C.O.P.S. can continue its mission of ”rebuilding shattered lives.”  C.O.P.S. thanks Streamlight for their unwavering support as proven by their employees’ participation during National Police Week, and three COPS WALKS in Harpers Ferry, St. Louis and Phoenix!