Heroes Behind the Badge event scheduled for March 22
By SABRINA GARRETT
In the words of Lebanon Police Chief Scott Bowen, there is nothing normal about law enforcement.
Each and every day, law enforcement officers throughout the country deal with circumstances and see happenings that average citizens do not -- they work wrecks where a person or persons died, investigate crime scenes and aid victims of abuse. They are faced with responsibilities like stopping drug deals, controlling violence or calling on families to tell them that their loved one will not be coming home.
It takes a special person to be a public servant, said Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan.
It is a calling, really, Bowen added. We want to make our community better. It is a difficult job, but we are blessed to have the community that we have.
The two men sat down with Mt. Juliet Chief of Police James Hambrick, LPD Patrolman Jay Spicer and MJPD Cpl. Det. David Stolinsky on Thursday to announce a joint venture that will raise funds for three organizations and educate the community about the lives of law enforcement officers.
The community is invited to a screening of a documentary film at 7 p.m., Friday, March 22, at the Journey Church in Lebanon that takes citizens behind the scenes with officers who were caught in the line of fire and survived.
Heroes Behind the Badge was released to select areas of the United States in late 2012, and Spicer said Wilson County is fortunate to have a showing locally. We are the only location in the state of Tennessee, that I know of, to have a showing. This is something for the law enforcement community, but also for the community as a whole, he noted.
Tickets are on sale for $10 in advance through MJPD, LPD and WCSD. Stolinsky explained that proceeds will benefit the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, the Middle and East Tennessee Concerns of Police Survivors and Fraternal Order of Police Lodges 71 and 83, in Wilson County.
Every day, when officers wake up, they put on their uniform not knowing if they will come home that night, Bryan said, alluding to MJPD Sgt. Jerry Mundy and WCSD Dep. John Musice who died in the line of duty in 2003 the most recent of that type of occurrence in Wilson County history.
The officers were responding to a call about a pursuit that began in Knoxville and arrived in Wilson County on June 9, 2003. They were deploying a spike strip on Interstate 40 when they were struck by the fleeing vehicle. The tragic incident resulted in the deaths of both Mundy and Musice.
These two officers woke up that day to go to work. They had to strap on a gun and drive a patrol carbut their familiestheir children, their daddy didnt come home that night, Bryan continued. Our officers know the risk. We want the public to know the risk -- we want the public to know what these officers go through.
Doors at the event will open at 5:30. Guests will have the opportunity to speak with local officers and check out SWAT vehicles and other equipment. Silent auction items will include tickets to Nashville Predators games, Tennessee Titans memorabilia and more.
Not only does this benefit these organizations, but it brings the Lebanon Police Department, Mt. Juliet Police Department and the Sheriffs Department closer together, Hambrick said.