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NPW 2015 Recap Hands-On Program Brochures Inside:
The Quarterly Publication of Concerns of Police Survivors
for Survivors, Agencies and Supporters
Hands-On Program
Brochures Inside:
Co-Workers for Couples
Siblings Retreat
Spouses Getaway
Co-Workers Retreat
Extended Family Retreat
Parents Retreat
Pg. 9-20
Summer 2015
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NPW 2015 Recap
Pg. 22-24
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The President’s Message
Summer is in full swing and so are our Hands-On Programs! Hopefully, you have either attended or will
attend your retreat this year. It is NEVER too late to go. I guarantee that no matter when your officer
died, you will get something out of our programs. Whether this past National Police Week was your first,
or your tenth, please think about taking advantage of the other programs that C.O.P.S. offers. I know
I look forward to the Spouses Getaway each year. Each year I am amazed that I still learn something
about myself, but I am also thrilled to be able to give back and help our newer survivors. If you are a
“seasoned” survivor, sharing your experience and support are a pivotal part of what makes our Hands-On
Programs so successful.
This year we are excited to have added two NEW retreats to our list of programs. The first is the Young
Adults Camp. This Camp was added to address increasing numbers of survivors, ages 15-20, who are needing C.O.P.S.
services and to add services to siblings in this age group. This new retreat was extremely successful and has filled a void in
our services to that age group. The second new retreat is Co-Workers for Couples (August 20-23), which expands the services
offered to co-workers to include the officer’s spouse or significant other and the challenges they also face when their spouse’s
co-workers die in the line of duty. This retreat came out of feedback that we received from those co-workers who attended the
Co-Workers Retreat. Again, I am proud to say that C.O.P.S. has filled another void in the services that we offer!
C.O.P.S. has scheduled our first national conference which will focus on the very real needs of our law enforcement officers
serving our communities today. I am so very proud that once again C.O.P.S. will be filling a void and offering a
comprehensive training that cannot be found anywhere else. C.O.P.S will host the inaugural National Conference on Law
Enforcement Wellness and Trauma in Grapevine (Dallas), Texas this November 13-15, 2015. Information packets and
registration forms for attendees and vendors are available on our website. For those of you who have attended the Traumas
of Law Enforcement trainings, you can attest to the high caliber of our presenters and curriculum. This conference is one that
should NOT be missed!
For those of you who are looking for a way to benefit C.O.P.S. AND spend some additional time with your C.O.P.S. peeps,
the COPS Walk Harper’s Ferry is something you should think about doing. It’s just around the corner in October and you can
register online! I have participated in many of our COPS Walks at all three locations (Harper’s Ferry, Phoenix and St. Louis)
walking a total of 250 miles. These events have become so special to me because not only am I raising money to benefit the
organization that I love so much, but I am able to spend time with people from ALL of our categories of survivorship. It has
been inspirational to get to know so many wonderful people; parents, siblings, adult children, teens, significant other, in-laws,
co-workers. Before these walks I rarely got to spend quality time with survivors outside my category of spouse.
I really must give our staff a shout out and kudos for our NEW merchandise – which will be available through our online store
July 1. For those of you who were in Washington, DC, during NPW and had the opportunity to visit our C.O.P.S. Shop in the
host hotel, I am sure you will agree that our staff was able to offer a wide array of quality merchandise at affordable prices.
The store was packed every time I passed it!
Your Board has been very busy the past few years and has done an awesome job of moving C.O.P.S. to the next level, but truly,
without our amazing staff C.O.P.S. would not exist. I am continually amazed at the amount of quality work so few people
produce. I also am so very thankful for our Executive Director (I think we can stop calling her NEW as she has proven her
worth!) Dianne Bernhard. She has done so much in her first year with us; I am sure it feels like ten years to her! Not only has
she completed every task that was asked of her, she has built up a staff that is like family. We are very fortunate to have her,
and I know she will continue to lead C.O.P.S. in an upward direction all the while honoring where we started.
I have had the honor to serve as your National President for the past three years and it has been the most rewarding experience
of my life. I have grown so much, personally and professionally, and I have met so many wonderful people all while doing
what I love: promoting C.O.P.S.! I would be lying if I said I won’t miss it, but I am ready to turn the reins over to your next
President. Your National Board has accomplished so much these past few years – I am so proud to have had the opportunity to
lead them and work alongside them. They are all amazingly gifted and compassionate people. This fact makes stepping down
so much easier. I know that when I leave office after Chapter Training,
I will be leaving C.O.P.S. in very capable hands. I am excited to see
where your new National President and Board will take C.O.P.S.!
Madeline A. Neumann,
C.O.P.S. National President
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The C.O.P.S. National Conference on Law Enforcement Wellness and Trauma is coming up on November 13-15,
2015, in the Dallas, Texas area! This comprehensive conference covering a wide range of topics on officer wellness
and traumas has never been offered before!
We hope every agency is able to attend this inexpensive conference to take advantage of all that is offered!
Session topics include, but are not limited to:
• Navigating the stresses of a law enforcement career
• Starting a peer support program
• Social media during a crisis
• The injured officer and coming back from a critical incident
• Preparing for a line-of-duty death
• Staying centered amidst negativity
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Police suicide
Law enforcement officer benefits
Leadership during a crisis
Officer fitness and nutrition
Police Chaplain programs
To register for this conference, please go to:
WWW.NATIONALCOPS.ORG
FEES & DEADLINE
The fee to attend is $300 per person. The registration
fee covers three meals (two lunches and one dinner) and
hospitality events. If the participant secures a room through
the Host Hotel then breakfast will also be provided.
Your spouse/significant other may also attend at a reduced
rate of $125. The deadline to register is October 13,
2015.
Do you want to attend the C.O.P.S. National Conference,
but your agency has a limited travel and training budget?
If so, C.O.P.S. introduces an incentive program for police
officers to help cover their registration and travel costs for
the National Conference! See the box to the right to learn
more information.
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HOST A C.O.P.S. FUNDRAISER
Host a fundraiser in your area with the
proceeds from your event going to benefit
C.O.P.S. and you can qualify for a free
conference registration. If you raise $5,000 for
C.O.P.S., you will qualify for a free registration
to the conference. If your raise $10,000 for
C.O.P.S., you will qualify for a free registration
and a free round trip flight to the conference.
You will also be recognized during the
conference for your accomplishment.
For more information contact our Development
Office at (573) 346-4911.
www.nationalcops.org
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C.O.P.S. National Board
The 2014-2015 National Board invites members of C.O.P.S. to attend its next meeting to be held at the Embassy Suites
St. Louis - St. Charles/Hotel and Spa in St. Charles, MO, on July 9, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. On July 12, 2015,
a “follow-up” Board Meeting will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
If you wish to speak on a topic, you must submit your request in writing two weeks before the meeting to
National President, Madeline Neumann, [email protected] and C.O.P.S. Executive Director,
Dianne Bernhard, [email protected]
One of the main functions of the C.O.P.S. National Board is to offer peer support to law enforcement survivors
nationwide. During the coming months, you may find yourself in need of a sympathetic ear. Our 2014-2015 Board will
give you that support.
National President
Madeline Neumann
W/89 - (609)625-1024
PO Box 504
Mays Landing, NJ 08330
[email protected]
Immediate Past President
Sharon Story
W/89 - (757)630-8357
19003 Comans Well Road
Yale, VA 23897
[email protected]
Northeast Region Trustee
CT, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI,VT
Happy Snodgrass
SO/05 - (951)526-9617
PO Box 936
East Wareham, MA 02538
[email protected]
Atlantic Region Trustee
DE, MD, NC, SC, VA, D.C.
Linda Pope
W/97 - (843)521-7306
10 Marshview Dr.
Beaufort, SC 29907
[email protected]
Southeast Region Trustee
FL, GA, Puerto Rico &
US Virgin Islands
Pete Geary
CW/90 - (954)914-4984
10224 Bermuda Dr.
Cooper City, FL 33026
[email protected]
Midwest Region Trustee
IL, IN, KY, MI, OH, WV
Thomas Rees, Jr.
CW/79 - (740)207-0178
427 Imperial Ct.
Circleville, OH 43113
[email protected]
Central Plains Region Trustee
IA, KS, MO, MN, NE, ND, SD, WI
Melisa Wissink
W/07 - (515)559-6923
PO Box 52
Granger, IA 50109
[email protected]
South Central Trustee
AR, AL, LA, MS, OK, TN
Patricia Carruth
M/03 - (318)308-2850
215 Highway 484
Natchez, LA 71456
[email protected]
Western Region Trustee
CO, NM, TX
Cheryl Schultz
W/02 - (505) 920-0733
28A Avenida de Molino
Espanola, NM 87532
[email protected]
Northwest Region Trustee
AK, ID, OR, MT, WA, WY
Brenda Donner
AC/66 - (503)893-2677
7352 36th Avenue SW
Seattle, WA 98126
[email protected]
Southwest Region Trustee
AZ, CA, HI, NV, UT &
Mariana Islands
Tami McMillan
S/06 - (650)255-5721
778 Rustic Lane
Mountain View, CA 94040
[email protected]
Executive Director
Non Voting Board Member
Dianne Bernhard
PO Box 3199
Camdenton, MO 65020
(573) 346-4911
[email protected]
National Chapter Liaison
Non Voting Board Member
Janis Betz Lampe
W/94 - (904)251-3219
10548 Fort George Rd.
Jacksonville, FL 32226
[email protected]
Executive Director Emeritus
Non Voting Board Member
Suzie Sawyer
PO Box 3199
Camdenton, MO 65020
[email protected]
©2014 The C.O.P.S. Newsletter is a publication distributed free to approximately 41,000 readers. All content in each issue of the C.O.P.S. Newsletter is copyrighted and no part
of the publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means without written permission from the publisher or author. The C.O.P.S. Newsletter is an independent publication
which does not represent or receive endorsement from or is sponsored by any law enforcement agency, police organization, or social association.
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Summer 2015
VOL. 29, NO. 3
The Quarterly Publication of Concerns of Police Survivors is for survivors, agencies and supporters.
P.O. Box 3199 - 846 Old South 5 - Camdenton, MO 65020 - Phone: 573-346-4911 - www.nationalcops.org
In This Issue
Columns & Features
2
President’s Message
3
C.O.P.S. National Conference
8
News of Note
9-20
Hands-On Program Brochures (6) for: Adult Children’s
Retreat, Young Adults Camp, Kids Camp, Outward
Bound®, and Fiancés/Significant Others Retreat
21
Sccholarships
22-24 NPW 2015 Recap
25
27
Survivors Making a Difference
Special Events
Fundraising at its Best
26
Major Donors and Chapter Donations
Contact Information
4
National Board Members
6-7
Chapters and Contacts
On The Cover
Kyra Kelley, age 2, was all smiles when she got to wear a police hat during her first trip to National Police Week. Kyra is the
surviving niece of Trinity University (TX) Police Officer Marc Kelley, EOW 3/14/2014.
Submission Information
Concerns of Police Survivors welcomes the submission of articles, trial updates, survivor news and memorials. Please know that not
all submissions will be published but all will be considered and checked for accuracy. Inclusion of news articles or court documents
makes the process much easier for C.O.P.S. When sending photos, please make sure they are high resolution (600KB or higher) or the
original files. All submissions can be e-mailed to [email protected] with subject line “Newsletter Submission.”
Mission Statement
Rebuilding shattered lives of survivors and co-workers affected by line-of-duty deaths
through partnerships with law enforcement and the community.
Survivors can seek comfort from C.O.P.S. while awaiting a decision from the following determining agencies: The Federal Bureau of
Investigation (FBI), Public Safety Officers’ Benefits (PSOB) Program, National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial (NLEOMF) or
Fraternal Order of Police (FOP)
Information for Our Readers
Throughout C.O.P.S. publications you will find codes that tell how a person is related to an officer who has died in the line of duty. If
you are not familiar with these codes, here is a key for you:
W=Spouse; AC=Adult Child; C= Child; S=Sibling; M=Mother; F=Father; CW= Co-Worker; SM= Step-Mother; SF= Step-Father;
SC=Step-Child; GM=Grandmother; GF=Grandfather; GC=Grandchild; FS=Former Spouse; FN=Fiancé; SO=Significant Other;
F-IL=Father In-Law; M-IL=Mother In-Law; D-IL=Daughter In-Law; SN-IL=Son In-Law; SS-IL=Sister In-Law; B-IL=Brother InLaw; U=Uncle; A=Aunt; NC=Niece; NP=Nephew; CS=Cousin; FR=Friend
This project was supported by Grant No. 2012 PS-DX-0002 awarded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance. The Bureau of Justice Assistance is a component of
the Office of Justice Programs, which also includes the Bureau of Justice Statistics, the National Institute of Justice, the Office of Juvenile Justice and
Delinquency Prevention, the Office for Victims of Crime, the Community Capacity Development Office, and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing,
Monitoring,Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking. Points of view or opinions in this document are those of the author and do not necessarily represent the
official position or policies of the U.S. Department of Justice.
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Concerns of Police Survivors Chapters and Contacts
To enable the C.O.P.S. organization to provide peer support close to home, 49 C.O.P.S. chapters are functioning and others
are in the process of organizing. Below are state or regional chapters that are here to help you through the difficult times:
Alabama C.O.P.S.
Paula Davis, President
[email protected]
(205) 283-4476
Alaska C.O.P.S.
Wendi Shackelford, President
[email protected]
(907) 632-3619
Arizona C.O.P.S.
Jan Blaser-Upchurch, President
www.arizonacops.org
[email protected]
(520) 247-2631
Arkansas C.O.P.S.
Mary Carmikle, President
[email protected]
(501) 206-8689
California:
Central CAL C.O.P.S.
Jimmy Howell, President
www.centralcalcops.com
[email protected]
(559) 772-2344
Northern CAL C.O.P.S.
Tami McMillan, President
www.norcalcops.org
[email protected]
(650) 255-5721
Southern CAL C.O.P.S.
Irma Rios, President
www.socalcops.org
[email protected]
(626) 224-1735
Colorado C.O.P.S.
Donald Enloe, President
www.coloradocops.org
[email protected]
(303) 915-8248
District of Columbia (DC C.O.P.S.)
Hector Dittamo, President
www.dc-cops.org
[email protected]
(703) 491-5585
Florida:
Central FL C.O.P.S.
Mary Huggins, President
www.centralfloridacops.org
[email protected]
(321) 436-8500
Northeast FL C.O.P.S.
Charles Shinholser, Executive Director
[email protected]
(904) 771-1827
Northwest FL C.O.P.S.,
Connie Barker, President
[email protected]
(850) 243-9636
South FL C.O.P.S.
Eric Strzalkowski, President
www.soflocops.com
[email protected]
(754) 224-7098
West Central FL C.O.P.S.
Cindy Roberts, President
www.wcfcops.org
[email protected]
(813) 713-1756
Georgia C.O.P.S.
Roger Parker, Executive Director
www.georgia-cops.com
[email protected]
(770) 354-8771
Illinois C.O.P.S.
Shelly Kellums, President
www.ilcops.org
[email protected]
(847) 727-8549
Connecticut - See New England
Delaware C.O.P.S.
Eleanor Allione, President
www.delawarecops.org
[email protected]
(302) 388-2657
Indiana C.O.P.S.
Nancee Hetrick, Chapter Advisor
www.indianacops.org
[email protected]
(765) 427-4097
Please Note: If you are interested in starting a chapter or would like information
on how to get survivors more active in your chapter, contact Janis Lampe (National
Chapter Liaison) at [email protected]
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Iowa C.O.P.S.
Toni Galetich-Christofferson,
Executive Director
www.iowacops.org
[email protected]
(515) 422-6252
Kansas C.O.P.S.
Karen Bohlender, President
www.kscops.org
[email protected]
(785) 364-3353
Kentucky C.O.P.S.
Julie Schmidt, President
www.copskentucky.org
[email protected]
(502) 376-2891
Louisiana C.O.P.S.
James Cook, President
www.la-cops.org
[email protected]
(337) 842-8680
Maine- See New England
Massachusetts - See New England
Maryland C.O.P.S.
Sue Nickerson, President
www.mdcops.org
[email protected]
(410) 348-5653
Michigan C.O.P.S.
Karen Black, President
www.mi-cops.org
[email protected]
(616) 818-8054
Minnesota C.O.P.S.
Susan Smart, President
www.mncops.org
[email protected]
(612) 590-6046
Missouri C.O.P.S.
Wendy Viers, President
[email protected]
(816) 645-9242
Montana C.O.P.S.
Genny Graham, President
www.montanacops.org
[email protected]
(406) 314-3675
www.nationalcops.org
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Concerns of Police Survivors Chapters and Contacts
New England
New England C.O.P.S.
(CT, MA, ME, NH, RI & VT)
Kim McCarthy, President
www.newenglandcops.org
[email protected]
(774) 306-2458
New Hampshire - See New England
New Jersey
NJ Garden State C.O.P.S.
Lisa Preslar, President
www.gardenstatecops.com
[email protected]
(732) 330-8111
NJSP Survivors of the Triangle C.O.P.S.
Mary Beth Mahlmann, Trustee
www.survivorsofthetriangle.org
[email protected]
(609) 731-8483
New Mexico C.O.P.S.
Yolanda Cline, President
www.newmexicocops.org
[email protected]
(575) 512-6685
New York:
Genesee Valley C.O.P.S.
Ellen Guerdat, President
www.geneseevalleycops.org
[email protected]
(585) 957-3878
Metro New York C.O.P.S.
Leslyn Stewart, President
[email protected]
(631) 258-8998
Western NY C.O.P.S.
Suzi Smith, President
www.nywcops.org
[email protected]
(716) 341-6974
North Carolina C.O.P.S.
Wanda Rhyne,, President
www.nccops.com
[email protected]
(910) 315-8150
Ohio C.O.P.S.
Grace Leon, President
www.ohiocops.org
[email protected]
(216) 401-7109
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Oklahoma C.O.P.S.
Susan Green, President
www.okcops.org
[email protected]
(918) 857-9603
Virginia C.O.P.S.
Sue Cheney, Treasurer
www.vacops.org
[email protected]
(804) 814-7246
Oregon C.O.P.S.
Jim Whitehead, Treasurer
www.oregonpolicesurvivors.org
[email protected]
(503) 465-8082
Washington State C.O.P.S
Ernie Barber, President
www.wastatecops.org
[email protected]
(425) 522-2677
Pennsylvania C.O.P.S.
Kimberly Weigand, Executive Director
www.centralpacops.org
[email protected]
(717) 259-6622
Wisconsin C.O.P.S.
Denise Held, Secretary
www.wicops.org
[email protected]
(414) 416-5999
Rhode Island - See New England
Utah C.O.P.S.
Laretta Beesley, President
[email protected]
(801) 825-6354
South Carolina C.O.P.S.
Lois Rao, President
www.carolinacops.org
[email protected]
(803) 320-2252
Tennessee:
Middle & East TN C.O.P.S.
Trish Mundy, President
[email protected]
(615) 364-9094
West TN C.O.P.S.
Andrea Woods, President
www.wtn-cops.org
[email protected]
(901) 412-5782
Texas:
Greater Houston TX C.O.P.S.
Carol Lane, President
www.greaterhoustoncops.org
[email protected]
(713) 410-9068
Metroplex TX C.O.P.S.
Ashlee Hardy, President
www.metroplexcops.org
[email protected]
(214) 202-0809
South Texas C.O.P.S.
Juanita Garza, President
[email protected]
(210) 601-2529
Vermont - See New England
States without an active chapter:
Hawaii
Idaho
Mississippi
Nebraska
Nevada
North Dakota
South Dakota
West Virginia
Wyoming
Have an announcement or story
idea for the newsletter?
Send your news to Sara Slone,
Director of Public Relations, at
[email protected]
www.nationalcops.org
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News of Note
Meghan Morales graduated from 8th Grade from PLT Middle School in
Prophetstown, IL. Fifteen law enforcement officer’s from multiple departments
came out to congratulate her and surprised everyone as they joined the line to
shake her hand just after receiving her diploma! There were not many dry eyes
in the crowd. They told Meghan they would see her again in four years!
Josh Morales graduated from St. Ambrose
University in Davenport, IA, with his soonto-be wife on May 9. Illinois State Police,
District 7 (East Moline) was great in
assigning Trooper Ed Shamblin to pick them
up and get them to the ceremony.
Fran Snyder announces her marriage to Robert “Bob” Szeqda on January 26, 2015. Fran
is the surviving widow of Groton City (CT) Police Officer William J. Snyder, Sr., EOW
1/16/1994. The couple lives in Connecticut and enjoys traveling and visiting with their
children and grandchildren.
Congratulations Fran and Bob!
Congratulations to Sara and Samantha Ricks on their high school graduation. Sara and
Samantha are the daughters of U.S. Park Police Officer Todd Ricks.
Officer Ricks served on the National Police Week Planning Committee and handled the
coordination of all the motorcyle escorts involved with transporting survivors during National
Police Week until he died of cancer in 2002.
Logan Crisp chats with Alaska State Troopers Joshua Rallo and Josh Moore as the
pair paid their respects to slain trooper Sergeant Scott Johnson at the National Police
Memorial wall in Washington D.C. on May 15. Logan is the surviving son of U.S.
Forest Service Officer Jason Crisp, who along with his K9 partner Maros, was shot and
killed in Burke County, North Carolina on March 12, 2014.
Photo Credit: Beth Ipsen
Members of the New England C.O.P.S. chapter wave to the
camera as they enjoy their annual “Winter Outing” this past January
at the Mt. Washington Hotel in New Hampshire.
In Memoriam
James (Jim) Daly, age 79, of Gaithersburg, Md., passed away on June 12, 2015 surrounded by
his family. Jim always gave to others by volunteering in his community. Later in life, he worked
with C.O.P.S. during National Police Week alongside his son Jim, who ran the C.O.P.S.
Merchandise Store for many years.
Our thoughts go out to the entire Daly family.
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q Felony
q Natural Causes
For more information, call the
C.O.P.S. National Office - (573)346-4911
Send to:
C.O.P.S.
PO Box 3199
Camdenton, MO 65020
Detach this registration form and return to the
C.O.P.S. National Office or register on-line at
www.nationalcops.org by July 20, 2015.
Cell Phone______________________________
Home Phone____________________________
Relationship____________________________
Name_________________________________
In case of emergency, notify:
Policy Number___________________________
Your Health Insurance_____________________
q Accident
Department_____________________________
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C.O.P.S. is a 501(c)(3) corporation.
Donations are tax deductible.
This program is planned for Co-Workers and
their spouse or domestic partner who have been
affected by the line-of-duty death of a fallen law
enforcement officer according to C.O.P.S. criteria.
YMCA Trout Lodge
Potosi, MO
August 20 - 23, 2015
Co-Workers
for Couples
Retreat
C.O.P.S.
C.O.P.S. Co-Workers for Couples Retreat is planned for
surviving co-workers and their spouse/domestic partner
(21 years or older) of law enforcement officers who died
in the line of duty, as determined by C.O.P.S. criteria.
Other relatives and friends are not eligible to attend.
Who is invited to attend the retreat?
What is the cost of the retreat?
How will the retreat benefit me?
This event is organized by National C.O.P.S.
The sale of merchandise for any cause other than
National C.O.P.S. is strictly prohibited.
All merchandise sold or distributed at any
Hands-On Program must be approved by
National C.O.P.S. prior to the program.
This program has a Code of Conduct. Breaking that
code will cause immediate expulsion from the
program. Cost of expulsion will be the responsibility
of the affected participant. A copy of the C.O.P.S.
Code of Conduct and Cancellation Policy will be
sent to you after we receive your registration request.
C.O.P.S. and the counselors working with C.O.P.S.
reserve the right to pre-qualify applicants and excuse
those who may not be suitable for the program. All
decisions concerning the same shall be final.
Code of Conduct:
Your only expense is your travel to and from the
St. Louis Airport or to and from the YMCA Trout
Lodge if you are driving. Providing your credit card
information will serve as a deposit for participation
in this program. If you attend the retreat as planned,
C.O.P.S. will not charge your credit card. Your card
could be charged a percentage of the cost per program
participant if you fail to cancel your attendance or you
do not show up for the program based on the C.O.P.S.
Cancellation Policy. Deadline for registration is
July 20, 2015. Registrations will not be accepted
after the deadline date.
C.O.P.S. Co-Workers for Couples Retreat will give
couples the opportunity to discuss their grief issues in a
relaxed setting and gain a better understanding of what
each side is going through. Many times surviving coworkers have a difficult time explaining to their family
what they are going through after the loss of a co-worker.
Additionally, significant others of surviving co-workers
struggle with how to support their loved one as well as
the fear that something will happen to them. These issues
will be addressed through seminar sessions and
teambuilding activities. You can spend August 20-23
addressing your grief issues, receiving support from peers
who understand, participating in fun outdoor activities
and addressing your grief issues in a relaxed setting away
from the stressors of everyday life.
Where is the retreat located?
We will be staying at the YMCA Trout Lodge on
Sunnen Lake in Potosi, MO, 90 minutes outside of St.
Louis.
How do I get to the retreat?
If you are flying, you should plan to arrive at St. Louis
Lambert Airport (STL) between 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
on Thursday, August 20. You will be met by a C.O.P.S.
representative at the airport and transported to the YMCA
Trout Lodge by bus. You will be transported back to the
St. Louis Airport on Sunday, August 23, by 11:30 a.m.
Please be sure your return flight is after 12:30 p.m. to
allow time for check-in and security checks.
If you are driving, you will need to arrive at the YMCA
Trout Lodge between 3:00-5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August
20, and stay through breakfast on Sunday, August 23.
Meals and activities are planned; no late arrivals or
early departures please.
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C.O.P.S. Co-Workers
for Couples Retreat
(please print or register online at www.nationalcops.org)
Attendee Name:
______________________________________
Spouse/Domestic Partner Name: (if attending)
______________________________________
Address ________________________________
City________________ State ____ Zip________
Birthday(s)_____________________________
E-mail _________________________________
Home Phone ___________________________
Cell Phone _____________________________
If you have a medical condition or dietary
concerns we should be aware of, please
describe below:
______________________________________
______________________________________
Arrival flight information on August 20:
______________________________________
Airline
Flight #
Time
Departure flight information on August 23:
______________________________________
Airline
Flight #
Time
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directions.
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q Felony
q Natural Causes
For more information, call the
C.O.P.S. National Office - (573)346-4911
Send to:
C.O.P.S.
PO Box 3199
Camdenton, MO 65020
Detach this registration form and return to the
C.O.P.S. National Office or register on-line at
www.nationalcops.org by August 11, 2015.
Cell Phone______________________________
Home Phone____________________________
Relationship____________________________
Name_________________________________
In case of emergency, notify:
Policy Number___________________________
Your Health Insurance_____________________
q Accident
Department_____________________________
End of Watch____________________________
C.O.P.S. Siblings Retreat
Officer’s Name__________________________
Non Profit Org.
US Postage
PAID
Osage Beach, MO
Permit NO 777
Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc.
PO Box 3199
Camdenton, MO 65020
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C.O.P.S. is a 501(c)(3) corporation.
Donations are tax deductible.
This program is planned for surviving siblings of
fallen law enforcement heroes who died in the line
of duty according to C.O.P.S. criteria.
YMCA Trout Lodge
Potosi, MO
September 11 - 14, 2015
Retreat
Siblings
C.O.P.S.
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q Felony
q Natural Causes
For more information, call the
C.O.P.S. National Office - (573)346-4911
Send to:
C.O.P.S.
PO Box 3199
Camdenton, MO 65020
Detach this registration form and return to the
C.O.P.S. National Office or register on-line at
www.nationalcops.org by August 25, 2015.
Cell Phone______________________________
Home Phone____________________________
Relationship____________________________
Name_________________________________
In case of emergency, notify:
Policy Number___________________________
Your Health Insurance_____________________
q Accident
Department_____________________________
End of Watch____________________________
C.O.P.S. Spouses Getaway
Officer’s Name__________________________
Non Profit Org.
US Postage
PAID
Osage Beach, MO
Permit NO 777
Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc.
PO Box 3199
Camdenton, MO 65020
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C.O.P.S. is a 501(c)(3) corporation.
Donations are tax deductible.
This program is planned for surviving spouses of fallen
law enforcement heroes who died in the line of duty
according to C.O.P.S. criteria.
YMCA Trout Lodge
Potosi, MO
September 25 - 28, 2015
C.O.P.S.
Spouses Getaway
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q Felony
q Natural Causes
For more information, call the
C.O.P.S. National Office - (573)346-4911
Send to:
C.O.P.S.
PO Box 3199
Camdenton, MO 65020
Detach this registration form and return to the
C.O.P.S. National Office or register on-line at
www.nationalcops.org by September 2, 2015.
Cell Phone______________________________
Home Phone____________________________
Relationship____________________________
Name_________________________________
In case of emergency, notify:
Policy Number___________________________
Your Health Insurance_____________________
q Accident
Department_____________________________
End of Watch____________________________
C.O.P.S. Co-Workers Retreat
Officer’s Name__________________________
Non Profit Org.
US Postage
PAID
Osage Beach, MO
Permit NO 777
Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc.
PO Box 3199
Camdenton, MO 65020
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C.O.P.S. is a 501(c)(3) corporation.
Donations are tax deductible.
This program is planned for surviving co-workers
of fallen law enforcement heroes who died in the
line of duty according to C.O.P.S. criteria.
October 2 - 5, 2015
YMCA Trout Lodge
Potosi, MO
Retreat
Co-Workers
C.O.P.S.
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q Felony
q Natural Causes
For more information, call the
C.O.P.S. National Office - (573)346-4911
Send to:
C.O.P.S.
PO Box 3199
Camdenton, MO 65020
Detach this registration form and return to the
C.O.P.S. National Office or register on-line at
www.nationalcops.org by September 16, 2015.
Cell Phone______________________________
Home Phone____________________________
Relationship____________________________
Name_________________________________
In case of emergency, notify:
Policy Number___________________________
Your Health Insurance_____________________
q Accident
Department ____________________________
End of Watch ____________________________
C.O.P.S. Extended Family Retreat
Officer’s Name___________________________
Non Profit Org.
US Postage
PAID
Osage Beach, MO
Permit NO 777
Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc.
PO Box 3199
Camdenton, MO 65020
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C.O.P.S. is a 501(c)(3) corporation.
Donations are tax deductible.
This program is planned for surviving grandparents,
aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins and in-laws of
fallen law enforcement heroes who died in the line of duty
according to C.O.P.S. criteria.
YMCA Trout Lodge
Potosi, MO
October 16 - 19, 2015
Retreat
Extended Family
C.O.P.S.
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Scholarships
C.O.P.S. granted $47,748.99 in Scholarships for the Summer & Fall Semester. Several benefactors helped C.O.P.S.
provide these scholarships. This semester’s funding came from Aronson Family Foundation, ICMA-RC VantagePoint, The
College Board and The Vigiliant Social Club. The scholarship fund has provided over $1.28 million in scholarships to
survivors since 1993.
Recipients of C.O.P.S. scholarships for the Summer & Fall semesters are:
Whitney Androy is a student at University
of Nebraska-Omaha, completing her degree
in Psychology. Whitney is the daughter of
Deputy Gilbert Androy, EOW 10/15/1997.
Hayly Johnson is a student at Idaho State
University, completing her degree in
Nursing. Hayly is the daughter of Sergeant
P. Scott Johnson, EOW 5/1/2014.
Taylor Selby is a student at Mississippi
State University, completing her degree
in Mechanical Engineering. Taylor is the
daughter of Deputy George Selby, EOW
12/4/2002.
Nikolas Argentinis is a student at
Northeastern University, completeing his 4
year degree. Nikolas is the son of Officer
Christopher Argentinis, EOW 12/14/1999.
Madilynn Kendricks is a student at
Meredith College, completing her degree in
Business & Mathematics. Madilynn is the
daughter of Patrolman Rodney Kendricks,
EOW 7/8/2001.
Theresa Siffel is a student at PA College of
Health and Sciences, completing her degree
in Nursing. Theresa is the spouse of Officer
Jose Ortiz, EOW 9/21/2000.
Bethany Logsdon is a student at Pensacola
Christian College, completing her degree in
History. Bethany is the daughter of
Patrolman Chris Logsdon, EOW
10/13/1998.
Caitlin Smith is a student at Georgia
Gwinnett College, completing her degree in
Criminal Justice. Caitlin is the daughter
of ATSAIC Christopher Smith, EOW
12/27/2007.
Myareoh Martinez is a student at
University Texas A&M Kingsville,
completing her degree in Science and Pre
Physical Therapy. Myareoh is the daughter
of Sergeant Alejandro Martinez, EOW
11/21/2014.
Renald Stephens is a student at ITT
Technical Institute, completing his degree
in Project Management. Renald is the son
of Deputy Marshall Randy Stephens, EOW
2/16/1998.
Allison Chapin is a student at the
University of Tennessee Chattanooga,
completing her 4 year degree in General
Studies. Allison is the daughter of Sergeant
James Chapin, EOW 4/2/2011.
David Clayton is a student at Nashville
State Community College, completing
his degree in Civil Engineering. David is
the son of Officer Alan Ragsdale, EOW
11/27/2000.
Allison Eales is a student at Northeastern
State Univeristy, completing her degree in
Health & Physical Education. Allison is
the daughter of Trooper David Eales, EOW
9/24/1999.
Erin Haight is a student at University of
Colorado - Denver, completing her degree
in Criminal Justice with a minor in
Psychology. Erin is the daughter of
Deputy Sheriff Timothy Mossbrucker, EOW
4/28/1995.
Jerry Hicks is a student at University of
Phoenix, completing his degree in Criminal
Justice. Jerry is the son of Chief Jerry
Hicks, EOW 12/4/2011.
Juliana Holloway is a student at
Alexandria Technical & Community
College, completing her degree in
Accounting. Juliana is the daughter of
Officer Gregory Holloway, EOW
11/28/1999.
Rebecca Holloway is a student at
Alexandria Technical Community College,
completing her degree in Liberal Arts.
Rebecca is the daughter of Officer Gregory
Holloway, EOW 11/28/1999.
Roxxi Jaxx is a student at University of
Tampa, completing her degree in Musical
Theater. Roxxi is the daughter of Officer
Jerry Philpot, EOW 5/25/1995.
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Alannah McMaster is a student at Mt
Hood Community College, completing her
degree in General Studies. Alannah is the
daughter of Reserve Officer Robert
McMaster, EOW 3/9/1996.
Teron Merriweather is a student at St.
Johns University, completing his 4 year
degree. Teron is the son of Village Public
Safety Officer Thomas Madole, EOW
3/19/2013.
Hope Norman is a student at
Chattahoochee Technical College,
completing her degree in Television
Production. Hope is the daughter of Officer
James Norman, EOW 2/14/2009.
Rachel Peete is a student at Ohio State
University, completing her degree in
Developmental and Family Science. Rachel
is the daughter of Deputy Rupert Peete,
EOW 3/8/2000.
Hayley Plank-Collins is a student at
University of West Virginia, completing her
degree in Dental Hygiene. Hayley is the
daughter of Officer Edward Plank, EOW
10/17/1995.
Kiarelys Rosado is a student at Edic
College, completing her degree. Kiarelys
is the daughter of Agent Benedicto Rosado
Trinidad, EOW 1/23/2003.
Jennifer Tanner is a student at Montana
State University-Northern, completing her
degree in Nursing. Jennifer is the spouse of
Deputy Robert Tanner, EOW 1/8/2002.
Katherine Thacker is a student at Liberty
University, completing her degree in
Ministry. Katherine is the daughter of Agent
Brandon Thacker, EOW 4/16/1998.
Jacob Uhl is a student at Arizona State
University, completing his degree in
Mechanical Engineering. Jacob is the son
of Rotary Wing Pilot Matthew Uhl, EOW
9/20/2011.
Karyn Walker is a student at University of
Maryland, completing her degree in
Business Administration. Karyn is the
daughter of Sergeant Anthony Walker, EOW
11/15/2003.
Taisha Whitehead is a student at Georgia
Military College, completing her degree in
Political Science. Taisha is the daughter of
Deputy Sheriff Joseph Whitehead, EOW
3/23/2006.
Hunter Wissink is a student at Des Moines
Area Community College, completing his
degree in Criminal Justice. Hunter is the
son of Police Officer Sean Wissink, EOW
2/11/2007.
Taylor Wouters is a student at University
of Dayton, completing her degree in
Biology. Taylor is the daughter of Detective
Christopher Wouters, EOW 10/11/2000.
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Survivors Making a Difference!
Nine months ago, four surviving spouses from Texas began a journey. “We knew it wasn’t
going to be an easy task but the reward far outweighed the battle,” said Ashlee Hardy,
surviving spouse of Plano (TX) Police Officer Dayle Hardy, EOW 7/7/2007. The women
set out to testify to have a bill passed that would protect surviving spouses both now and in
the future. They succeeded!
The way HB1094 used to read was that the Workers’ Compensation Benefit was a lifetime
benefit UNLESS the spouse chose to remarry. Thanks to these women, the law now
protects future widows of first responders from being penalized if they remarry. This will be
effective September 1, 2015.
The ladies will go back to Austin (TX) in 2017 to amend the bill to cover all Texas widows/
All four spouses smiled after
widowers who are currently still receiving Workers’ Compensation and have not remarried
testifying at the Austin (TX)
Courthouse. From left: Deanna to date.
Williams, Ashlee Hardy,
Danielle Story, and Nancy
“We will continue to fight until Texas gets it right!” said Ashlee.
Kincaid.
National Blue Alert Update: The Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu National Blue Alert Act of 2015 was signed into law
by President Obama on May 19, 2015. Implementing a national Blue Alert system will help to ensure that information
on credible threats and violent attempts to harm a law enforcement officer is widely disseminated so that officers have
advanced warning, and can apprehend the criminal before he or she can do more harm. A huge thanks goes out to Gina
Miller, surviving fiance of Washington State Trooper Tony Radulescu, EOW 2/23/2012, for her travel to DC to participate
in this important legislation.
Congratulations to C.O.P.S. Volunteer
and Kids Camp Mentor Martin Pettit on
being named Chief of University Police at
the State University College of
Technology at Delhi, New York.
“The campus community and I are
looking forward to Martin’s leadership of
the University Police Department,” said
Vice President of Student Life Barbara
Jones. “Martin brings a wealth of
knowledge to SUNY Delhi from his
experience at SUNY Binghamton and in the Village of Afton.
Martin possesses a strong community policing and training
background with expertise in accreditation which will be assets
to the department and college moving forward.”
Midwest Region Trustee Tom
Rees spoke at the Union County
(OH) Law Enforcement Memorial
on May 21 as an officer from 1927
was added to the statue. “Through
great work by the Union County
Sheriff’s Office, family members
of Sheriff Forest Hager (EOW
9/23/1927) were able to be
present,” said Tom.
Tom was also
honored to present a coin to the
Sheriff’s Office that commemorated
his co-worker, Sergeant Roger
Beekman, EOW 9/20/1979.
This inspirational new book about a Port Authority Police Officer trapped in rubble of the World
Trade Center was written by Brian Perry, surviving son of Port Authority Patrolman William J.
Perry, EOW 12/22/1980.
You can purchase this book now at Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com and other online booksellers.
For more details about the book, visit www.theholidaypartybook.com.
“A touching reminder of the sacrifices police and their families make, this heartwarming and inspirational book is for anyone that has been through a difficult time, or has regrets, or had faith and
lost it.” - Review provided by www.keeperbookshelf.com
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Major Donors and Chapter Donations - 4/1/2015 - 6/30/2015
Major Donors
Streamlight, Inc., PA
$30,500.00
Southeast Police Motorcycle Rodeo
Committee, FL
$30,000.00
Blue Knights COPSRUN, NY
$25,000.00
FBI National Academy 260th Session, VA
$15,740.00
Shirley Richardson, MO
$5,400.00
Christopher M. Wouters Family Foundation, MI
$5,000.00
New England Police Benevolent Association,
MA
$5,000.00
The Aronson Family Foundation, CT $5,000.00
Mount Dora Heroes Foundation, FL $5,000.00
Horace Small, TN
$4,301.00
New Jersey State Troopers NCO Association
$3,250.00
International Law Enforcement Educators &
Trainers Assoc.
$2,000.00
New York City PBA
$2,000.00
CrossFit Osage Beach, MO
$1,683.00
LO Profile Magazine, MO (in-kind) $1,300.00
Central Bank of Lake of the Ozarks, MO
$1,200.00
Benne Publishing & Media, MO (in-kind)
$1,120.00
National Pawnbrokers Association, TX $1,000.00
FBI National Academy Associates, VA $1,000.00
The Backstoppers, MO
$1,000.00
Badger State Sheriffs Association, WI $1,000.00
FOP Colorado Metroplex
$1,000.00
Sig Sauer, Inc., NH
$1,000.00
Anonymous Donation
$880.00
509th Security Forces Squadrom Defender’s
Assoc., MO
$839.50
ILEETA, WI
$825.00
Dade County PBA, FL
$750.00
Andrew Thompson, IL
$555.00
CACP Brass City Local, CT
$500.00
Glenn County Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, CA
$500.00
Montgomery County Enforcement Memorial, OH
$500.00
FOP Reading Lodge #9, PA
$500.00
Michael H. Wise II Memorial Foundation, PA
$500.00
Jim Glickert, MO
$500.00
GB Mall Limited Partnership, MD
$500.00
BW Graphics, Inc., MO (in-kind)
$500.00
CH Foot Massage, VA
$500.00
FOP Illinois Troopers Lodge #41
$500.00
Alabama Conservation Enforcement Officers
Assoc. $500.00
Samatar Yonis, VA
$500.00
The Net Impact, MO
$400.00
FOP Missouri State Lodge
$400.00
FBINAA Western PA Chapter
$400.00
Edward Jones Investments, MO
$350.00
Ozark Trophy and Engraving, MO (in-kind)
$336.00
Scott Dmytryshyn, MD
$325.00
Vigilant Social Club, PA
$300.00
National Tactical Officers Association, PA
$300.00
Verizon Foundation, OK
$300.00
Lorelei, Griffith, OH
$300.00
Joyce, Wheeler, MO
$300.00
Illinois Tool Works Foundation
$300.00
Eric, McDaniel, WA
$252.00
Amherst Police Club, NY
$250.00
Jack’s Sporting Goods, MO
$250.00
Daniel Finkelman, MA
$250.00
Milwaukee Deputy Sheriffs’ Association, WI
$250.00
FOP Broomfield #45, CO
$250.00
Camden County Sheriff’s Office, MO $250.00
Nassau County Detectives Association, NY
$250.00
Buffalo Police Benevolent Association, NY
$250.00
Milwaukee Police Association Local #21, WI
$250.00
Cape May County Emerald Society, NJ $250.00
State Troopers Superior Officers Association, NJ
$250.00
Stephen, Wofsey, MD
$250.00
Suffolk County Superior Officers Assoc., NY
$250.00
Winters Passion, Inc., FL
$250.00
Robert, McDaniel, WA
$250.00
Santa Monica Police Officers Association, CA
$250.00
Oakland Police Officers’ Association, CA
$250.00
Nancy, Iafrati, NY
$250.00
JJ’s at the Copper Pot, MO
$250.00
Chapter Donations
Illinois C.O.P.S.
$10,500.00
Georgia C.O.P.S.
$3,500.00
Kansas C.O.P.S.
$3,250.00
Arkansas C.O.P.S.
$1,000.00
NJ Garden State Survivors C.O.P.S.
$500.00
Wisconsin C.O.P.S.
$250.00
Chapter Tithes
Georgia C.O.P.S.
Maryland C.O.P.S.
Arkansas C.O.P.S.
Minnesota C.O.P.S.
West TN C.O.P.S.
Ohio C.O.P.S.
West Central FL C.O.P.S.
Oregon C.O.P.S.
New England C.O.P.S.
Central FL C.O.P.S.
Greater Houston TX C.O.P.S.
Genesee Valley C.O.P.S.
Southern CAL C.O.P.S.
$5,888.10
$4,692.00
$4,016.23
$3,356.34
$3,000.00
$2,482.31
$1,909.59
$1,278.96
$1,020.67
$865.00
$786.51
$131.00
$25.35
How to Download the C.O.P.S. App
Download the new C.O.P.S. App through your phone’s app store to receive fast updates,
time and location changes, and other important information regarding special events,
trainings and Hands-On Programs.
If you have an I-phone, your app store icon will look like this:
If you have an android, your app store icon will look like this:
Search “C.O.P.S.” or “Concerns of Police Survivors” and select the app with
this image as the icon:
Please allow for push notifications in order to
receive up-to-date information from C.O.P.S.
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Second Annual Blue Ribbon 5K
The second annual Blue Ribbon 5K race brought out 106 participants all decked out in blue, and
18 virtual runners. With the C.O.P.S. National Office located just miles down the road, it was
great to see support from the local community.
Thank you to all participants, volunteers and sponsors!
Major Sponsor: Walmart Osage Beach Store 815. Kilometer Sponsors: Camden County (MO) Sheriff’s
Office, Edward Jones, Jack’s Sporting Goods & Hardware. Warm Up Sponsors: Anytime Fitness
(Camdenton), Anytime Fitness (Osage Beach), Camdenton Police Department, The Funky Buffalo Coffee
Shop, High Brothers Lumber, Lakewood Alarm, Lake Regional Health System. In-kind sponsors: XT
Nutrition, Dierbergs, Pauls Supermarket, Panera Bread, Show Me Your Shirtz, and Ozark Trophy and
Engraving.
Osage Beach (MO)
Police Officer Pete
Leyva not only helped
coordinate the event
details, he also ran the
entire 5K in his full
uniform!
Trial Update
On May 8, 2015, the jury for the trial for Thomas Johnson found him GUILTY of aggravated murder,
attempted aggravated murder, assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Johnson shot and killed
Rochester (NY) Police Officer Daryl Pierson on September 3, 2014. He faces a sentence of life
in prison without the possibility of parole.
When Johnson was escorted out of the courtroom, he was placed in the handcuffs that Officer Pierson
carried the night he was murdered.
(Submitted by Ellen Guerdat)
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Officer Daryl Pierson
EOW 9/3/2014
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Concerns of Police Survivors
P.O. Box 3199 846 Old South Highway 5
Camdenton, MO 65020
Change Service Requested
COPS Walk 2015!
October 10-11, 2015
October 17-18, 2015
Date TBD
If you are unable to attend a COPS Walk event, you can still support C.O.P.S.
by signing up as a VIRTUAL WALKER! All you have to do is register as a virtual walker or
create a VIRTUAL TEAM and you will receive the same information and fundraising tools
as attending walkers. You can walk 25 miles in 2 days right in your own community!
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