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I was always proud to say my dad was a police officer. He spent nearly 30 years serving people and he was darn good at his job. He was about helping the underdog, making sure justice was fought for and Paying it Forward.
After he passed away, we set up a scholarship fund in his name that helps men and women who are putting themselves through the Police Academy. Many departments pay for their new recruits to attend the academy, but those who want to pursue a career in law enforcement but haven't been hired have to pay their own way -- this is becoming more prevalent in this economy.
This past Friday we held the fourth annual golf tournament to support our scholarship fund. It is held in conjunction with the retirees tournament from my dad's department.
It was a great day, seeing lots of old friends, people who loved my dad and who my dad loved. About 60 golfers enjoyed the relaxed 9-holes and we had a great BBQ. All in all, close to 100 people were there to support us. Plus our little family was all together and it was a peaceful and happy time.
One of the best parts was that we raised $6,000! It's exciting to think that we'll be able to keep providing scholarships. My dad would love all of this and that makes it that much more exciting.
It's hard to believe that this Saturday it will be four years since he passed away. It's nice to have this event so close to his anniversary to celebrate his life and keep his memory alive.