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Special evenings, film honors living and fallen law enforcement heroes

Posted March 25, 2013, at 3:57 p.m.

 WESTBROOK and WATERVILLE, Maine – Maine is truly fortunate to have two special evenings dedicated to honoring the living and fallen heroes of law enforcement in Maine and across the country. The Maine Sheriffs’ Association and the Maine Chiefs of Police Association are proud to present the inspiring documentary Heroes Behind the Badge. The event is scheduled to take place at two locations in Maine.

  • Westbrook, March 29:  7 p.m. at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center at 471 Stroudwater St.
  • Waterville, March 30: 7 p.m. at FEFC (Across from Shaw’s Plaza) at 250 Kennedy Memorial Drive.

Heroes Behind the Badge recounts the harrowing stories of law enforcement officers who were caught in the line of fire and survived, and those who made the ultimate sacrifice. It follows the families’ journey to Washington, D.C., to witness their fallen loved one’s names on the National Law Enforcement Memorial. There they are honored along with more than 19,000 other heroes.

According to Sheriff Todd Brackett of Lincoln County, “Every day, law enforcement officers leave their homes and their loved ones not knowing if they will return. Every 54 hours one of those officers dies in the line of duty as they serve and protect. These are good people … and good families.”

Thanks to the dedicated efforts of many, their memories will live forever. Heroes Behind the Badge highlights some of the unselfish acts of bravery law enforcement professionals commit each day in the line of duty. The film also demonstrates the important work that the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund is doing to honor those who give so much to keep us safe.

Heroes Behind the Badge aims to change the way the public perceives the men and women of law enforcement. Filmed throughout the U.S., the film highlights the lives of four fallen officers and the enormous impact their passing has had on family members, colleagues, and their communities. It also features the stories of three officers who narrowly escaped their assailants. These living legends share their personal insights about how their near-fatal encounters have affected their lives.

A special guest, one of the film’s producers, Bill Erfurth, a retired Lieutenant of the Miami-Dade Police Department and a 25-year law enforcement veteran, will be attending the event. He will introduce the film, share his thoughts and answer questions. According to Erfurth, “The project is a labor of love that I believe will create awareness about what it really means to walk the thin blue line. I hope you will be able to attend one of these truly memorable events.” More information about the film is available at www.heroesbehindthebadge.org.

Tickets are $12 purchased online at www.mainesheriffs.org or $15 at the door. Proceeds from these evenings will benefit the National Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, the Maine Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Augusta, and Camp POSTCARD, a free summer camp for at-risk Maine 5th and 6th graders. The camp is a 20-year partnership between Volunteers of America and The Maine Sheriffs’ Association.

The Maine Sheriffs’ Association (MSA) is a non-profit organization that coordinates law enforcement and corrections activities with other related agencies. It works to improve and professionalize the sheriffs’ offices in Maine and to assure that all citizens receive the highest quality law enforcement and jail services in an efficient, courteous, and humane manner.

The Maine Chiefs of Police Association has 350+ members including active & retired chiefs, sheriffs and senior law enforcement leaders. The association actively participates in new training initiatives, policy advancement and progressive law enforcement tactics as the lead association for Maine’s Finest. The proud members stand together to improve upon their relationship with the public and become a better prepared to protect the great citizens of our rural state. Information on membership can be obtained by emailing the executive director, non-law enforcement memberships may be available for students or aspiring law enforcement officers. Law enforcement vendors may obtain membership information too.

Founded in 1984, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund is a private non-profit [501(c)(3)] organization dedicated to honoring the service and sacrifice of America’s law enforcement officers and to promoting officer safety. The Memorial Fund maintains the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, DC, which contains the names of 19,660 officers who have died in the line of duty throughout U.S. history. The Memorial Fund is now working to create the first-ever National Law Enforcement Museum, which will tell the story of American law enforcement through high-tech, interactive exhibits, collections, research, and education. For more information, visit www.LawMemorial.org.

 

 

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