Documentary sheds light on law enforcement families' losses

Updated: Friday, March 1 2013, 08:49 AM EST
 Documentary sheds light on law enforcement families
ROCKFORD, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) -  Over the past few years, several law enforcement families here in West Michigan have dealt with the heart-break of losing a loved one in the line of duty.

A new documentary hopes to shed some light on the nation-wide issue.

Screenings of Heroes Behind the Badge are being held all over the country right now, including two in Rockford on Saturday.

NewsChannel 3 caught up with the producer of the documentary via Skype for a sneak peek at what's being called a "very powerful" film.

“We didn't sugarcoat this,” says producer Bill Erfurth. “We didn't make it for Hollywood. We made it real, raw and powerful.”

In one part of the documentary, the narrator gives this statistic: “Every day thousands of law enforcement officers leave their homes, not knowing if they will return. One of them will be killed in the line of duty every 54 hours."

Heroes Behind the Badge goes on to tell the real life stories of four fallen officers from across the country.  It also highlights several officers who survived violent shoot-outs and attacks.

The documentary hopes to dig deeper, providing an honest look at the people who put their lives on the line for the greater good every day.

“To stand in every dark alleyway and know there is danger and still actually go and do it? It's phenomenal,” says one of the interviewees in the film. “Of course it's courageous, of course it's dedication and of course they think about everything they could lose."

“There’s yet to be a screening where there's been a dry eye in the house,” Erfurth says. “Several teenage boys came up to me in Milwaukee and one of the boys said, ‘You know, I always hated cops. And I'm still not so sure I like cops. But after seeing this movie, at least I can respect them.’ So it’s a matter of changing people’s attitudes.”

Screenings of Hereos Behind the Badge will take place at the Rockford High School Auditorium Saturday at 3pm and 7pm.  Tickets are available at the door. Fifty-percent of the proceeds will go directly to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.

The public can also purchase the documentary on DVD or BluRay. 

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Documentary sheds light on law enforcement families' losses
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