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'HEROES' -- Screening planned April 11

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Law enforcement agencies from across Wilson County are once again joining forces to help support the families of fallen officers throughout the area and across the United States.

On Friday, April 11 at The Journey Church on Leeville Pike in Lebanon, the Lebanon Police Department, Mt. Juliet Police Department and Wilson County Sheriff’s Department will host a special screening of “Heroes Behind the Badge: Sacrifice & Survival,” a documentary chronicling the stories of law enforcement officers who put their lives on the line and survived and those who made the ultimate sacrifice.

It’s the second year the agencies have come together to host such an event. Last year, which marked 10 years since Wilson County Sheriff’s Deputy John Musice and MJPD Sgt. Jerry Mundy lost their lives in the line of duty, the departments hosted a screening of “Heroes Behind the Badge,” the first film in the documentary series.

Doors open for the April 11 screening at 5:30 p.m., and the event will include a silent auction, law enforcement displays and the opportunity to meet and chat with local law enforcement officers. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door and are available at the Sheriff’s Department, MJPD, LPD, the Mt. Juliet/West Wilson Chamber of Commerce and the LaVergne Police Department.

Proceeds from the event, according to Mt. Juliet Police Officer David Stolinsky, benefit local law enforcement agencies’ annual trip to Washington, D.C. for National Law Enforcement Memorial Week as well as multiple area organizations tasked with supporting the families of police officers in their time of need.

Stolinsky, Lebanon Police Det. Jay Spicer and a host of other local dignitaries have made the trip to National Law Enforcement Memorial Week each year since Musice’s and Mundy’s names were added to the National Law Enforcement Officer Memorial in 2004.

When families of fallen Tennessee officers see the wave of support they receive during May’s national memorial week, they know their loved ones have not been forgotten and experience a sense of relief in knowing the roughly 50,000 to 60,000 officers in attendance are there to offer whatever support they can provide, Stolinsky said.

“The Wilson County law enforcement community started taking care of these folks, and it’s grown every year,” Stolinsky said, noting local law enforcement officers are grateful to have the support of the community as well as Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen, Mt. Juliet Police Chief James Hambrick and Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan.

Hambrick noted families of fallen officers are genuinely overwhelmed at the amount of support they receive from law enforcement agencies in Wilson County and across the country.

“It’s all about remembering the families and not forgetting any officers – letting families know … that our agencies inside this county are going to be there for them,” Bryan said. “These guys have worked hard to keep this fundraising effort going so we can send people (to Washington, D.C.) and do the things and share those moments and be there for the families.”

The April 11 showing of “Heroes Behind the Badge: Sacrifice & Survival” is the only screening currently scheduled anywhere in Tennessee. To learn more, visit heroesbehindthebadge.com.

Writer Brian Harville may be contacted at bharville@maturelifestyles.com.

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