Fundraisers To Help Fallen Officers' Families Visit Memorial In D.C.

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- December 16, 2012, Topeka lost a police corporal and officer in the line of duty.

Almost four months after that tragic night, Northeast Kansas still hasn't stopped pouring out their love and support for the families of Officer Jeff Atherly and Corporal David Gogian.

With Topeka's help, both families of the two fallen officers will get to make a very special trip, something that will hopefully help in the grieving process.

The names of thousands of fallen officers are honored on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington D.C., forever reminding the nation of their commitment to civil order.

"This memorial is very important for survivors of tragedies where officers are killed in the line of duty," Sergeant Jason Cooper of the Topeka Police Department said. He has been in contact with both the Atherlys and the Gogians.

Corporal David Gogian and Officer Jeff Atherly are among those names, and with a fundraiser's help, their families will get to see it.

"This money all goes to support the families to get them to Washington D.C.," Cooper said.

After both officers lost their lives on december 16th, 2012, support from Northeast Kansas - and all over the country- poured in for the families.

"They've been overwhelmed with the support that's been available, from complete strangers who have provided their condolences as well as businesses that have been highly supportive with ongoing fundraising events."

Cooper says it will cost about $25 thousand for each family to cover hotel rooms and airfare, and to connect the families with vital grief counseling services.

"[It will] guide them and help provide support for them while they're in that very emotional time in their life," Cooper said.

The next fundraiser is a silent auction and spaghetti dinner April 7 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel.

Thedinner is from 5 to 7 p.m. and the auction is from 1 to 8 p.m.

The Kansas Highway Patrol is registering teams for a three-on-three benefit basketball tournament april 27 at Washburn, which also will include a silent auction.

Links to details on both those events are at www.wibw.com


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