Area law enforcement agencies are again teaming up to help honor fallen officers.
For the second straight year, different county and city law enforcement agencies will hold a fundraiser with a new documentary called ‘Heroes Behind the Badge: Sacrifice & Survival’ to Wilson County in an effort to highlight and inform the public about what officers go through while also raising money.
Last year’s March screening of ‘Heroes Behind the Badge’ at Journey Church on Leeville Pike in Lebanon was one of the first times the original film appeared in the southeastern United States.
Lebanon police Chief Scott Bowen said last year was the first year for the documentary film, and the event would be similar this year, however, he said this year’s film is a secondary movie and follow up to go with last year’s original.
Bowen said the event, which is set for April 11 at 7 p.m., would raise funds and awareness for fallen law enforcement officers and their families and highlights six different stories of officers killed in the line of duty.
“We had an amazing response to this last year,” Bowen said. “Through this, part of the proceeds will go to families of officers that have lost their lives.”
Bowen also said the event would feature drawings, as well as silent auction items and law enforcement displays.
Part of the proceeds from last year’s ticket sales went to the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial Fund. The remaining proceeds went to Middle and East Tennessee Concerns of Police Survivors, which helps families of fallen officers with services, such as counseling, summer camps, financial support and more.
“It’s just a good opportunity for the public to come out and see the film and see what officers go through,” Bowen said. “It’s something all the area agencies want to do jointly to help out and show what we go through when tragedy happens.”
Though Bowen said it’s been more than 100 years since Lebanon has had a fallen officer in the line of duty, tragedy still hits close to home, as it’s now the 11-year anniversary of the deaths of Mt. Juliet Sgt. Jerry Mundy and Wilson County Deputy John Musice. Musice and Mundy were killed July 9, 2003, while they attempted to stop a stolen vehicle on Interstate 40 in Mt. Juliet.
Bowen said a kickoff press conference meeting would be held Thursday at 12:30 p.m. at the Lebanon Police Department prior to the event in April in an effort to offer more information to the public and get the word out on this year’s event.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Tickets are available at the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office, Mt. Juliet Police Department, Lebanon Police Department, LaVergne Police Department and Mt. Juliet-West Wilson Chamber of Commerce.