WWCC to host fundraising event on October 17th, for Houston officers who lost their homes during Hurricane Harvey.
Western Wyoming Community College Criminal Justice Department will host a screening of the documentary, “Fallen”, in an effort to raise funds for the police officers who lost their homes during Hurricane Harvey on October 17th, in rooms 3650A&B from 6:30 to 9:00PM.
Hurricane Harvey devastated the Houston area on August 25th, 2017, with continued flooding and rainfall. Nearly 200 officers lost their homes (Police Magazine, 2017).
The documentary “Fallen” gives audiences a look at the deaths of police officers and their untold stories. Directed, produced, and written by Thomas Marchese, a former police officer, the documentary focuses on the humanity behind the statistics and politics. The film gives an inside look at the constant threats officers face and the devastation left behind when one of them is killed. The documentary tells the story of the fallen officers through the eyes of their partners, families and communities.
“This year, already 96 officers who went to work one day never came back home. Every officer who has ever put on a uniform knows, they may one day be part of that list. Even knowing this, officers continue to show up day after day and continue on, because that is what they do. It isn't always easy especially when the officer killed is one of your own. This film tracks the aftermath of law enforcement deaths for the family, including the law enforcement family. We are raising funds with this film to help the officers and first responders who lost everything including their homes during Hurricane Harvey,” said Traci Ciepiela, of the Criminal Justice Department at WWCC.
The Criminal Justice Department at WWCC would like to invite the public to participate in the screening. The event is free for WWCC students and $10 for other attendees. All proceeds go to the “Assist the Officer” (www.assisttheofficer.com), non-profit organization dedicated to helping the officers who have suffered from the severe flooding caused by Hurricane Harvey. Donations can be made on the “Assist the Officer” website for those interested in helping, but not attending the event.
“Almost 200 Houston Officers Lost Homes in Harvey Flooding.” Police Magazine, www.policemag.com/channel/patrol/news/2017/09/03/almost-200-houston-officers-lost-homes-in-harvey-flooding.aspx.