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Sheriff Mark Luttrell gives special regonition to family survivors and pays homage to fallen law enforcement officers from West TN
National Police Week honors the service and sacrifice of more than 18,000 law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty in U.S. history, and salutes the men and women who continue to serve and protect.

At dusk on May 9th, over 150 families, friends and supporters of the fallen law enforcement officers of west Tennessee gathered at Patriot Lake in Shelby Farms for the First Annual Walk for Concerns of Police Survivors sponsored by WTN-COPS and the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. As the solemn sounds of the bagpipes (provided by Gordon Abernathy and his group) filled the summer breeze, surviving family members and friends were taken back by the memories of the voices and the faces of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to keep their communities safe. Sheriff Mark Luttrell opened his remarks with a special recognition of family survivors who were present as he paid homage to those who were killed in the line of duty. All participants were given blue glow sticks to use for the walk around the lake; their blue lights signifying the memories of our fallen heros.
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Police Memorial Week in Washinton, DC

May 11-15 was Police Memorial Week. On May 13 a candlelight vigil was held at the Police Memorial Wall. Family survivors were taken by bus to the Memorial Services which were held on May 15 on the lawn of the Capitol Building. They were escorted to the services by 236 police motocycles, 18 law enforcement vehicles and 20. C.O.P.S. offered break-out seminar sessions for survivors to discuss like concerns and issues related to the death of a fallen officer as well as finding solutions to their common problems. Special sessions were offered for surviving co-workers, significant others, fiancés, and extended family members as well. Children under the age of 18 participated in the "C.O.P.S. Kids/Teens" Program.

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Linda Gregory named new Southern Seaboard Trustee

2008 Police Memorial Week
Linda Gregory poses with family survivor Mary Florence (Left)also from Jacksonville, FL
Linda Gregory, President of the WTN-COPS chapter, was recently elected to the National Board of Concerns of Police Survivors as the Southern Seaboard Region trustee. The COPS National Board is composed of 10 voting members and 2 non-voting members. Board members develop policy, govern the organization, and provide peer-support and information about COPS' programs and services. Linda will be the trustee for the states of Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Caroline and Georgia.

According to a recent press release, Mrs. Gregory learned of Concerns of Police Survivors just 6 years ago and said she "wished C.O.P.S. existed when her family was faced with the shock and grief of losing her brother back in 1971". [ Press Release ]


To date, over 400 officers in Tennessee have laid down their lives in service. Over 17,000 have fallen nationwide. The West Tennessee Concerns of Police Survivors (WTN-COPS) is a non-profit organization, which provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families of law enforcement officers killed in the line-of-duty as determined by Federal criteria. WTN-COPS serves all counties west of the Tennessee River providing emotional and financial support as well as legal assistance to survivors of fallen officers.

History of Chapter

WTN-COPS is a sub-chapter of the national organization Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc., more commonly known as COPS. The West Tennessee Concerns of Police Survivors received its charter in December, 2001. The West Tennessee Concerns of Police Survivors serves 21 counties with 96 police departments west of the Tennessee River.

Accountability

West Tennessee Concerns of Police Survivors operates under the same by-laws and rules that the National COPS follows. Regular financial reports and Executive Board minutes are sent to the COPS Board for their review. All prospective officers and trustees sign pledges of confidentiality regarding survivors as well as pledges that they will work in the best interest of COPS.

Reliability

West Tennessee Concerns of Police Survivors responds after line-of-duty deaths to support the surviving family members. WTN-COPS offers support as long as needed to all survivors. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a years, support is just a phone call away.

Meetings

Meetings are held throughout the year for survivors. A strong network of survivors exists which provides peer support and assistance.

How WTN-COPS is Funded

West Tennessee Concerns of Police Survivors (WTN-COPS) is a state chapter of the national organization and is dependent on charitable donations and fundraisers. WTN-COPS is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations are tax deductible according to current IRS regulations. WTN-COPS does not use telemarketers or phone solicitation at any time or in any way! WTN-COPS has no overhead or administrative costs. WTN-COPS is totally dependent on contributions and fundraisers. All contributions directly benefit the families of fallen law enforcement officers in West Tennessee.

Please consider making a donation to West Tennessee Concerns of Police Survivors as a way of showing appreciation for the officers who made the ultimate sacrifice in protecting you and your families.

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American JusticeLast updated: June 2008
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Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. (COPS)

"COPS is a national, non-profit organization which was formed in Washington, D.C. in 1983. COPS held its first National Police Survivors' Seminars the following year with 100 attendees. There are now over 10,000 families served by COPS. West Tennessee Concerns of Police Survivors (WTN-COPS) was organized in 2000 and is one of the three state chapters. WTN-COPS serves all counties west of the Tennessee River and is committed to helping surviving law enforcement families rebuild their lives after the traumatic and life changing experience of losing their officer in the line-of-duty... "

Visit www.nationalcops.org to learn more about COPS