I've written about Law Enforcement a couple times on the blog, most notably here, about Scotty Richardson, and here, about my husband. One of Mike's friends and coworkers created an event on Facebook for a documentary viewing in January here in Aiken.
Disclaimer: most of this information is stolen verbatim from their website. The documentary is called Heroes Behind the Badge and was created to honor the men and women who have served and sacrificed as members of law enforcement. It provides a powerful and emotional glimpse into the lives of those who have worn the badge in service to society. It has been an effective tool to help bridge the gap between law enforcement and the community and strengthen relations between the two. Heroes Behind the Badge donates fifty percent of its net proceeds to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 20% of the proceeds from this showing will go to the Richardson/Rogers endowment scholarship at USC-Aiken and 10% to the J.D. Paugh memorial fund.
In October 2011, our area was shocked to learn Deputy J. D. Paugh of the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office had been shot and killed as he stopped to check on a disabled vehicle on Bobby Jones Expressway in Augusta, GA. Less than two months later the community relived the horror when Master Public Safety Officer Scott Richardson of the Aiken Department of Public Safety was killed after being shot while performing a traffic stop in December of that same year. In January, 2012, just one month later, tragedy struck again when ADPS Master Cpl. Sandy Rogers was shot and killed responding to a suspicious vehicle call in Aiken.
On January 23, 2014, Heroes Behind the Badge will be coming to the Etherredge Center at the University of South Carolina-Aiken Campus. It will be part of a continuing memorial to our local law enforcement heroes with a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales going to support the J.D. Paugh Memorial Fund and the Scotty Richardson/Sandy Rogers Scholarship which assists Criminal Justice majors attending USC Aiken.
I will be photographing the event as a sponsor and am excited to be involved. I'm posting the information here in an attempt to spread awareness, not just for the Aiken showing, but for the documentary. I hope you'll take a few minutes to learn more.
If you're unable to attend a screening, order your own copy on DVD or HD Blu-ray today and support a great cause.
Visit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund website for more.