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Parkway student to hold fundraiser for families of fallen officers

Amanda Simmons

Caragan Lee wanted a senior project that would have a positive impact on her community.

The Parkway senior is hosting a fundraiser for the families of the fallen law enforcement officers. A percentage of every meal purchased goes directly to the Louisiana chapter of COPS, or Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc.

COPS provides resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers killed in the line of duty as determined by federal criteria. Furthermore, COPS provides training to law enforcement agencies on survivor victimization issues and educates the public of the need to support the law enforcement profession and its survivors.

The fundraiser will be held Oct. 20 at Chick-Fil-A on Youree Drive in Shreveport from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Customers must mention Caragan’s name or her senior project at the register when ordering.

Caragan hopes the community will come out and support the men and women in blue.

“This has been a big issue lately. People today are getting these views about law enforcement that aren’t completely the truth,” she said. “Police officers are humans just like us. They are putting their lives in front of danger every day not knowing if they will get to go home again.”

Survivors are finding that there is no such thing as “closure” and they may need the support of COPS for many years. Fundraisers like this are just one way to help COPS be there for them.

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Sean Green is managing editor of the Bossier Press-Tribune.