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A Message of Gratitude

Our love goes out to the Kirkland Police Department and Behind the Badge for all that you have done to exceed the needs of our family when we lost Sergeant Nathan Rich. Although your grief for his loss matched our own, you stepped in and saw to every conceivable need and detail. What could have been a time of great despair became a celebration of a life well lived, and a man well loved. We will never forget your contribution to our family’s healing.

Thank you for your compassionate service.

Love, The family of Nathan Rich

 

Kirkland Reporter  |  November 3, 2017

Volunteers transform home of Mount Vernon officer

MOUNT VERNON, Wash. — It has been nearly a year since a Mount Vernon police officer was shot in the head while on the job. Mike McClaughry ultimately lost his eyesight.

Now, Home Depot employees are volunteering their time to improve McClaughry’s home. With a little bit of elbow grease, they hope to say thank you to a man who has made a big difference in his community. Read More.

Children’s Grief Day

November 16, 2017 is Children’s Grief Awareness Day,  designed to help us all become more aware of the needs of grieving children — and of the benefits they obtain through the support of others. Children’s Grief Awareness Day is an opportunity to make sure that grieving children receive the support they need. Here is an article with ideas about how to help a grieving child.

 

“Fallen” A Documentary Film

Between 2009 and 2011, line-of-duty officer killings in the US rose a staggering 42%, with overall officer deaths increasing over 60%. Not only were more officers being murdered, more and more were being targeted, ambushed, and slain in numbers. Although 2012/2013 saw a welcome decline, the numbers rose again through 2014 & 2015, and 2016 saw a 56% increase in officers being shot and killed.

​All sides want to interject politics into these numbers, but all of that aside, there are countless personal stories going untold beneath these tragic numbers. These fallen heroes deserve a voice, as do their families, loved ones and partners who are struggling to pick up the pieces these tragedies leave behind.

​For the past 5 years, a production crew comprised of both film industry and public safety professionals has been traveling to police agencies across the country, large and small, urban and rural, candidly interviewing family members, command staff, line officers, city officials and the public in areas that have lost officers. Along the way, they have captured intimate accounts of heroism and loss. Through the words of those who have lived along side these tragedies, these stories will be told.

What makes this project unique is that it is being funded by contributions from the national law enforcement community, along with our extended family and private supporters in the public. Without your continuing support, this film simply could not be made.

Visit fallenproject.com for more information

Not only will this film serve as an educational snapshot of history, but its raw honesty and intimately candid perspective will serve as a tribute to all those who have sacrificed everything so that we may enjoy the safety and freedoms we all take for granted. ​​

Officers celebrating summer with Fun in the Sun!

We at Behind the Badge Foundation love seeing the impact that officers have on their community all across the country!

When Asheville, North Carolina, senior police officers Joe Jones and Carrie Lee responded to a call for a noise complaint, they never expected the summertime fun they were about to encounter.

The officers joined in on the neighborhood’s massive Slip ‘N Slide built for a Fourth of July block party on Sunday, July 2.

“The officers got there and people were like, ‘Oh my gosh, the cops are here. They’re going to shut us down,’ but they noticed the noise was fine. It was literally the sound of kids playing,” public information officer Christina Hallingse told ABC News. “The Slip ‘N Slide they noticed was so far off the street that cars and emergency vehicles could still pass through so it was perfectly fine and they decided to join in on the fun. There were no citations issued.”

“They had such good energy. All the kids were loving it,” Travis Eagledove, a nearby resident who caught the epic moment on camera, said of the officers.

Officer Lee took the plunge first, sliding down the big hill with a trash bag on top of her uniform.

“When the female officer asked for a garbage bag, we almost didn’t believe it. But she took off her radio and went for it! ,” neighbor Katlen Joyce Smith wrote to ABC News. “ They told us to have a great day, posed for some pictures and thanked us for the fun!”

At the end of the now viral video, Officer Jones can be heard saying, “My butt is wet.”

“He thought he was going to away with it because he couldn’t fit in a trash bag but then a little boy ran and got a big raft,” Hallingse said with a laugh.

Little did he know that he’d also set a Slip ‘N Slide record that day.

“He was the only one that made it all the way from the top to the bottom,” Eagledove recalled. “It was the best slide from the three days of it being there. That was the only time, even out of the all the adults and everybody, that’s the only time the inner tube made it from all the way to the bottom.”

Click here to watch the video.

An Auction “Thanks” and Save the Date

It’s so hard to put your finger on the concept that Saturday, April 8, 2017 we hosted our 19th Washington State Law Enforcement Ball and Auction.  Our 19th!!!

Words are insignificant to share our appreciation for our volunteers…  especially Kevin Haistings (SPD) – Event Chair and Vicky Davidson (Survivor) – Auction Director.  A year’s worth of planning folding into place for one and all to enjoy.  This year’s event was a huge success…  not only raising money to benefit the foundation….  but also the respect shown during the Roll Call of Honor along with new and renewed friendships.

 

Be sure to mark your calendars (April 2018) for the 20th Washington State Law Enforcement Memorial Ball and Auction….  We are in process as I type securing the location and confirming the date.  Just know we have lots to celebrate and want you to share it with us!

 

Photos by Jean Johnson Photography

Behind the Badge Foundation Launches New Website

Welcome to the new website of the Behind the Badge Foundation. Our mission is to honor law enforcement officers who have died or suffered serious injury in the line of duty. This website is aimed at making that possible and acting as a tool to help those we serve connect to our services and community. Below are some of the features of the site to explore.

Roll Call of Honor – This is our digital memorial to the fallen officers of Washington State law enforcement.

Resource Center – Explore and suggest resources for survivors and family of fallen officers.

Suggested Service Providers – A guide for the services that will be needed in the days following an incident.

Events Calendar – Join us for a chance to be educated, entertained, and help raise support for the mission.