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Washington foundation gives support to fallen officers' families

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SPOKANE, Wash. -

As the nation is mourning the loss of the five officers in Dallas, it’s hard to even imagine what their loved ones are going through.

Behind the Badge Foundation in Washington state is here to provide support to officers’ families if a tragedy like this happens here at home.

Bob Christilaw, a retired Spokane County Sheriff’s sergeant, has been a part of 14 memorial services since he’s become a part of Behind the Badge.

“Incidents like this it makes what happened to their loved one come right back to the forefront and make it feel like it happened just yesterday,” he says.

He says the job is tough on the family, especially during times like these.

“A career in law enforcement is not just for the individual. The whole family's a part of it.”

And helping plan those memorial services is even more difficult, especially when he helps escort the family.

“I leave a little bit of myself at every service,” he says.

So even though it's tough, Bob and Behind the Badge will continue to help because they want to show their unconditional support through each family’s “grief journey.”

That's why Bob says it’s important to remember the story behind each officer because not forgetting can help stop the violence.

“When you get a group of people together and their hearts and minds are all going in the same direction you can accomplish a lot of things,” he says.

Behind the Badge Foundation also says there are other organizations who can help law enforcement officers, families, and survivors:

Behind the Badge Foundation 206-890-6332

Washington State Concerns of Police Survivors (COPS) 425-522-2677

Code 4 NW 206-427-8330

Safe Call Now 206-459-3020

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