"Protectors in Blue"
A group of Tyler police officers set up a nonprofit organization to help fellow officers in need. When one of their own was diagnosed with cancer back in December, a couple Tyler officers wanted to rally around her and help her and her family out anyway they could. They set up a nonprofit organization called "Protectors in Blue".
"There are several traumatic events that occurred in some of their lives during the past year. The group that served and protects the community became one that needed community assistance. It was decided to form a non profit organization that allows the community and employees to support those who serves in blue," said Sgt. Paul Robeson, who is in charge of the organization.
Sgt. Robeson and a dozen other officers raised enough money to cover her medical expenses. Now, their nonprofit organization, Protectors in Blue, will help other officers in need.
"There are other officers who had surgery recently in the last year or so and we would also like to go back and help them be able to make their medical bills, " said Robeson.
The officers have several events coming up over the next few months. In Febuary they will have a raffle, with all different kinds of gifts, a painting signed by Ricky Williams and Earl Campbell, a Hot Rod gun, a signed baseball and other different donated items.
The officers are also encouraging donations from other businesses in the area. There will also be a few fundraisers coming up in March.
"We really felt a need and we had to do something different and support them in a way that's bigger and better and even more helpful," said wife of a police officer and on the board of the organization Colleen Colby.
They just started this organization and have already received a huge, positive response from the community and other officers.
"Everyone is really excited about this, and people are getting involved in trying to help each other. It's bringing us closer together and helping us realize people really do care about what's going on out there and with the officers and their families," said Robeson.
And they hope they can continue to grow and help police officers and their families.
"With over 200 employees in the department, there is always someone whose in need of something and so the plan is to just keep growing and having funds available for everyone in times of need."
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