Non-profit works year round to raise money for families of fallen officers

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Kentucky’s chapter of C.O.P.S., Concerns of Police Survivors works year round raising money to be able to support the families and agencies of fallen officers across the state.

Tuesday, there was a fundraiser at Mr. Brews in Lexington.

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Sherry Bryant talked with ABC 36 News about her personal connection to the non-profit.

For her, it all goes back 16 years ago.

“It was about the most horrible day of my life,” she said.

In May 2003, Bryant’s husband, Douglas Bryant was hit and killed in a car crash while he was trying to pull someone over.

After the crash, C.O.P.S. was there to help her and, then 16-year-old daughter, Kiana get through their grieving process.

“It’s an organization that none of want to belong to but we’re all so thankful,” Bryant said.

Jerry Powell is the organizations’ benefits coordinator, his passion derives from his time serving with The Office of Fayette County Sheriff.

In 1988, deputy sheriff Joe Angelucci was shot and killed in the line of duty. Powell was his back-up that night.

“The feelings never go away, you learn to adapt, you learn the strengths, but you still have those emotions.”

Emotions, Bryant says she hones to help others like her.

“Every Officer that’s killed, no matter it’s been sixteen years for me, the reaction is always the same, it’s very heartbreaking,” she said. “You just almost relive it over and over, but you stay strong for the next person.”