What Led Us To Police Wives of America
Sunday, June 8, 2014, tragedy struck when 2 officers, officers Beck & Soldo, were targeted and killed while they were eating lunch on duty. A sweet California Highway Patrol Officer's wife, Chelsea, sent us 656 $5 gift cards to us to distribute to the officers in our department,, showing them some love, during our difficult time, as, also, our department had shown them love a few months prior, when they lost one of their own, while visiting in our city.
Saturday, August 15, 2015, Carson City Sheriff Deputy, Carl G. Howell, was killed in the line-of-duty. We decided to send some love in the form of $5 Starbucks gift cards to the 75 officers in their department. This was the beginning of us reaching out to departments beyond our own. We also sent some things to his widow and children which were left behind.
Wednesday, November 25, 2015, 29-year-old Eureka County Deputy, Michael Harter, and his step-daughter, 9-year-old Haley Page, died in an accident as the family was on their way to spend Thanksgiving in Las Vegas. The wife/mother, Shelly, was life flighted to Las Vegas in critical condition. The LVMPO Wives stepped in and showered her with lots of love and support, making sure that her needs were met, while she was in our city for a few weeks. She is now a dear friend to many of us who visited her during that time. Blue family knows no department lines or boundaries. We're all family.
Thursday, July 7, 2016, undoubtedly rocked the worlds of Law Enforcement Officers and their families everywhere. As you can imagine, many wives were stressed, frazzled and worried sick about their officers, needing somewhere to focus our positive energy productively--so, we did just that! When we lost Officers Beck and Soldo, we sent food to all of our area commands for several days, so they could have a safe place to come back and eat. As it meant so much to them, we decided to do the same for Dallas. Within a few days, we raised several thousand dollars amongst ourselves to send lunch to the entire third watch shift at the Dallas PD. This was the shift that was working when they lost their 4 officers that tragic day. As plans evolved, 5 of us wives flew to Dallas the 3rd of August--just for the day--to deliver the food to them ourselves. The last station to which we delivered (the large group picture) was the DPD station that had lost 3 of the 4 officers that tragic day. We also took food to 3 fire stations--stations of which we were informed--that had many of the medics that were first responders to all those who were shot July 7th. We were purple family for the day! :) It was as a result of 3 separate conversations (1 with the FD guys pictured and 1 with an officer in the group photo) which took place that day, coming on the heels of their own tragedy--Baton Rouge and Kansas tragedies--that the idea for Police Wives of America was born.
Sunday, July 17, 2016, 3 officers were tragically killed in Baton Rouge, LA. We collected memorabilia from our department, kids made cards and we raised money and bought 800 $5 Starbucks gift cards to send to the officers down there. Mike, a kind LEO supporter and friend of one of the wives here, delivered them to all the stations down there for us.
Tuesday, July 19, 2016, Kansas City, Kansas Police Capt Robert D. Melton was killed in the line-of-duty, when he responded to a near-by call, of which he heard it was reported that shots had been fired. A few friends, family and KS wives banding together, tied blue ribbons around all the poles in the vicinity of their department and delivered lots of drinks and snacks, which JR Roofing & Co., also, so generously provided, showing them solidarity and support during this difficult time.
Friday, January 6, 2017, North Las Vegas Police Detective, Chad Parque, was in an on-duty-auto-accident, in which he was struck by a driver going the wrong direction. The following day, Saturday, January 7, 2017, he passed away from the injuries which he had sustained. We were blessed and honored to be able to step up and show them a little love and support--to our neighboring Police Department--during that difficult season. When other departments suffer a loss, we all feel it regardless of which agency they may be from. The Blue family is big, and we are stronger and better off when we stick together and support each other.