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Updated: 03/05/2014 08:00:02AM

C.O.P.S. celebrate 30th anniversary

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PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD

Parachutists line up to board the Freefall Express for Sunday's Jump for COPS at the Lake Wales Airport.

PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD

Jump for COPS organizer Greg Knott glides seamlessly thru the sky at Sunday's event at the Lake Wales Airport.

PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD

Jumpers gather their chutes after a round of skydiving at Sunday's Jump for COPS event at the Lake Wales Airport.

PHOTO BY ROBERT BLANCHARD

Participants in the COPS 30th anniversary celebration pose together after a successful jump on Sunday at the Lake Wales Airport. L to R: David Szkaradek, Jean Szkaradek, Allison Cummings, Robert Gonzalez, Tom Jones, Sue Jones, Greg Jones, David Goldstein and Howard Bennett.

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The 30th Anniversary of C.O.P.S. was celebrated by Jump for C.O.P.S. In honor of this anniversary, there was an event held at the Florida Skydiving Center located at 440 South Airport Rd., in Lake Wales, on March 1. C.O.P.S. stands for Concerns of Police Survivors. Their mission is to provide resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of law enforcement officers who have died in the line of duty.

Jump for C.O.P.S. is a team of skydiving Law Enforcement Officers, representing various forms of law enforcement, from across the country getting set to fly high for C.O.P.S. These dedicated officers have come together in support of their fallen brethren and their families.

The goal of Jump for C.O.P.S. is to raise $30,000 representing the 30th of C.O.P.S. and to complete a “30 While in Free Fall” skydiving jump from an altitude of 13,000 feet.

Each year between 140 and 160 officers are killed in the line of duty. Their families and co-workers are left to cope with the tragic loss.


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