Sister In Law Of Slain Vermont State Trooper Michael Johnson Appeals To VSEA Members To Support C.O.P.S

Trooper Johnson was tragically killed in the line of duty on June 15, 2003.

    On Father’s Day 2003, Vermont State Trooper and VSEA member Michael Johnson was tragically killed in the line of duty, leaving behind a wife and three children.
       This year, to honor Trooper Johnson on the sixth anniversary of his tragic death, his sister-in-law Christine Johnson wrote VSEA to ask that we remind VSEA’s VSP members—and all VSEA members—of the organization Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S.) and the valuable contribution it makes to help families across the country, like the Johnsons.   
       “COPS has helped our family tremendously,” writes Johnson. “They provide resources to assist surviving family members with the rebuilding of their lives and educate law enforcement agencies about survivor victimization issues.”   
C.O.P.S. Facts:
·        Provides resources to help the families of officers killed in the line of duty rebuild their shattered lives;
·        No membership fee to join;
·        Formed in 1984 with just 110 members. Today, more than 15,000 members belong to the organization;
·        Members can include spouses, children, parents, siblings, significant others and impacted co-workers;
·        Governed by a National Board of law enforcement survivors;
·        Sponsors yearly National Police Survivors’ Conference each May;
·        Sponsors scholarships, special retreats and counseling programs for the children of officers killed in the line of duty; and
·        Assists law enforcement agencies nationwide with responding to fatal incidents involving an officer.
WANT TO HELP??
CHRISTINE JOHNSON IS WALKING TO HONOR HER BROTHER-IN-LAW MICHAEL IN THIS YEAR’S C.O.P.S. WALK
Saturday, OCTOBER 10 – Sunday, OCTOBER 11
2 DAYS – 25 MILES
Along the Potomac River outside Washington, D.C.
A physical challenge, an emotional high and the opportunity to help C.O.P.S.!!
C.O.P.S. WALK 2009 will once again bring together survivors, friends and members of the law enforcement community who are willing to take on the challenge of walking 25 miles in two days to support Concerns of Police Survivors.  The goal is to ensure that C.O.P.S. continues to be able to help those who have lost a loved one in the line of duty while also providing many opportunities for those families to rebuild their shattered lives. The walk is designed to provide participants with a physical challenge as well as the opportunity to spend time with other survivors and friends walking in memory of loved ones.
VSEA members who would like to donate to C.O.P.S can make their check payable to:
C.O.P.S.
c/o Christine Johnson
4005 Lower Newton Road
Swanton VT 05488