Silent Auction And Spaghetti Dinner Supports Fallen Officers' Families

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)-Its been almost 4 months since Topeka lost two officers in the line of duty. Since then, there have been numerous fundraisers for their families and Sunday night was no different.

"Those types of calls no officer wants to hear nor do we want to have to go through that and today it's just as fresh as it was then," said Captain Darin Scott from the Topeka Police Department.

"Kind of hard to put in words because I worked with both of them," said Tammy Walter from the Topeka Police Department.

"We will always remember them," said Byron Endsly, friend of Officer Jeff Atherly.

And the community's response to fund-raise for the fallen officers' families hasn't died. People from around the community came to Capitol Plaza Hotel to enjoy a spaghetti dinner and bid on an array of auction items for the fallen officers' families.

Families, friends and police officers focused on the main reason why they were there for support.

"Sending both of the families back to Washington D.C.," said Walter.

The community hopes to send the officers' families to National Police Week which takes place in Washington D.C. It's 2 weeks of events which honor police officers that have lost their lives in the line of duty.

And while organizers hope the silent auction and spaghetti dinner bring in monetary donations, they say this event means more than just raising money.

"It's bringing people together, that's part of the healing process; we see each other, we have a lot of people shaking hands and hugging each other. That's really what it is all about. It's about love and support from the community," said Captain Scott.

National Police week occurs the first 2 weeks in May.