A documentary was shown this evening that takes a look at the lives of police officers behind the badge. Men and women either killed in the line of duty, or survivors of attacks.
A touching tribute to police officers killed in the line of duty as well as survivors of attacks were honored Thursday night.
A tribute that touched Ottawa County Sheriff Steve Levorchick, "personally, whenever I see something like this, I take it to heart. I think of my friends who have given their lives," says Levorchick.
The documentary heroes behind the badge takes a look at the lives of officers and their families affected by tragedies and how move forward with their careers and lives knowing any day could be the last. But the movie also works to show a human side, "we do have hearts. We do live normal lives too. I don't know how many times I've been out at restaurants on duty. I was eating and people are staring at me like I'm not suppose to eat because they don't realize in law enforcement, we're still human, we still have to eat, we still have to live our lives and have families," adds Levorchick.
Hoping to better understand the sacrifice the men and women in blue make, student Kayla Armendoriz decided to watch the documentary, "I hope to learn more about people's stories and what the police department does to keep us safe," says Armendoriz.
F ifty percent of proceeds from the film will go to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. People interested in buying a DVD of the documentary can go to this link, http://www.nleomf.org/officers/heroes-behind-the-badge/