FAIRHOPE, Ala. (WALA) -- A local woman who lost her son in the line of duty -- is helping other families of officers killed throughout the state.

Cindy Hatcher Warren knows first hand what this kind of loss means. Her son Officer David Curtis and his partner Officer Jeffrey Kocab were killed in Tampa in June 2010.

With the help of survivors and the community -- she's making sure they get to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial to honor their loved ones during National Police Week.

"After my son died... I became a member of the Fairhope Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 43 so I could be around badges, just to be around law enforcement," recalled Warren. "They knew my story and wanted us to do something to help other survivors. After we lost two officers in '18 and then again two officers in '19 -- they said that' enough. We have to do something to help." 

Holding their first 5K/Walk to benefit families of fallen officers, they're off to a good start.

Warren is also very involved with COPS -- (Concerns Of Police Survivors) -- and is determined to get the families of Mobile Police Officers Justin Billa and Sean Tuder, Huntsville Police Officer Keith Earle, and Birmingham Sgt. Wytasha Carter to National Police Week in D.C.

"That's my mission to make sure that every family gets there. Back when I had to go... I had to have a yard sales to raise money -- and I said never again. That won't happen to another family on my watch," said Warren.

Among the runners was Michelle Crockett who relocated to Fairhope four years ago. Her husband -- Deputy Timothy Dunn -- was killed in 2004 in Shelby County Tennessee.

"COPS is truly a special organization and I'm just here to support it. My heart goes out to all of the families that are going this year," said Crockett. "I had to come do this race to show my support because they were there for me in my time of need.. it's just a little way to give back."

Also giving back is Andrea Ward -- the widow of Baldwin County Deputy Scott Ward -- proudly waving the thin blue line.

"Each month I'm choosing a 5k to do in honor of this year's law enforcement officers that were killed. It's very important to me to make other people aware of the dangers of their job and the sacrifices they make and their families make," said Ward.

In addition to the race, there was a silent auction. Warren knows every little bit helps to getting the families to Washington.

"We desperately need funds to get these families there because an airplane ticket is minimum $500 plus. So we need a lot of money right now... So if you go on to the website and donate -- it would be greatly appreciated. People love to support their fallen officers... And I thank the public for that," said Warren.

Proceeds from this weekend's event will send the families of Officers Billa and Earle to this year's event in D.C. Next year will benefit Officers Tuder and Carter.

To find out more how you can help click here.

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