SEA Chapter Seeking Donations to Cover Costs; Donations Also Accepted at Event
The Bedford Police Department (SEA Chapter 64) is seeking support to screen a documentary telling the stories of law enforcement personnel who have lost their lives in the line of duty.
The BPD will screen the documentary, “Heroes Behind The Badge,” on Saturday evening, May 18 in the Bedford High School theater (map). Doors open at 6 p.m. and the screening will start at 7 p.m. The event is open to the public at no charge, but donations will be accepted at the door for the N.H. Police, Fire and EMS Foundation.
“It’s our way of honoring our fallen officers and bringing public awareness to what we go through and what our families go through when an officer is lost in the line of duty,” said Officer Chris Storti, an organizer of the event and the president of Chapter 64.
Storti said that when an officer is lost, it affects police officers across the country.
“They’re doing the job that we do,” Storti said. “When someone gets hurt or dies in the line of duty, it affects everyone.”
Because the Bedford Police Department has no budget for this public service event, it is seeking donations to cover the costs associated with securing the rights to show the film and the evening’s related expenses. Donors will be recognized on the night of the event as well as in the press. A portion of the proceeds will be returned to the Bedford Police Department to assist in establishing an Honor Guard and Class A uniforms and other needed department supplies not budget funded.
One Granite State officer, Dan Doherty of the Manchester Police Department, who survived life-threatening gunshot wounds from a felon, will briefly relate his experience. Bedford Police Chief John Bryfonski and Bedford Town Manager Jessie Levine will also briefly speak, as well as Hillsborough County Attorney Patricia Lafrance.
Every 54 hours in the United States, a law officer is killed in the line of duty. He or she left for work one day to never return home again. And yet, his or her counterparts get up the next day to return to their profession, knowing that they too could become the victims of the same heinous crime.
Bill Erfurth spent over 25 years working for one of the busiest police departments in the country, the Miami Dade Police Department. In 2011, two of his closest friends and former co-workers were gunned down and killed while serving an arrest warrant. Bill had founded a company called Modern City Entertainment, and after the deaths of his police brothers, he vowed to do something to honor the thousands of law enforcement personnel who have lost their lives while they were doing their jobs, and to give the public the chance to hear from others, who by the grace of God, survived similar attacks.
Erfurth put together a team of highly-recognized movie professionals, and in 2012, they began work on what is now the 90-minute film. The film tells the real stories of slain officers, and the aftermaths endured by their families and friends. It also features officers who made it through life-threatening encounters, and who tell the harrowing details of the attacks.
This film is not shown in movie theaters, but is shown to residents across the nation at local events. Most of the proceeds from the showings go to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, through a partnership formed by Bill Erfurth. This year, another New Hampshire police officer’s name will be added to the Memorial Wall in May during National Police Week in Washington, DC. That is the name of Police Chief Michael Maloney of the Greenland Police Department, who was killed in the line of duty just over a year ago.
In addition to the film, Storti said there will be a motorcycle ride the morning of May 18. The ride will cost $25 to join in, and though the route isn’t completely set yet, it will include a stop for a prayer at the New Hampshire Law Enforcement Memorial. The ride is sponsored by Carrabas, which will provide lunch, and Blowing Smoke Cigars, which will provide cigars. All proceeds from the ride go to help fund the screening.
To obtain more information about the screening or to discuss a sponsorship, please contact Officer Chris Storti at 472-5113 x213, or email@example.com. For more info about the motorcycle ride, you can contact Storti or Tyler Shea at Blowing Smoke at 472-5878.