Calif. shootings reminder for family of LMPD officer killed in line of duty

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by Brooke Katz

WHAS11.com

Posted on February 13, 2013 at 2:13 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 13 at 3:09 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The California shootings are a painful reminder of how Donald Grignon lost his son Peter almost eight years ago.

"He was on duty, and was shot and killed by a teenager," Grignon recalled. "That teenager then took his own life."

Peter Grignon was a Louisville Metro police officer, and the most recent officer in Louisville killed in the line of duty. His family found help through an organization called Concerns of Police Survivors, or C.O.P.S.

"When the support dies down, the media coverage starts to fade and people go back to their jobs,  that's when the work we do is really important," said Jennifer Thacker. She founded the Kentucky chapter of C.O.P.S. after her husband was shot and killed on the western Kentucky Parkway.

Since 2000, 28 officers have died in Kentucky while working to serve and protect. Donald said the help those families can get from C.O.P.S. is nothing short of life-changing.

The organization is made up mostly of volunteers.

If you'd like to help, visit their website: http://www.nationalcops.org

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