Clear, sunny skies at Whitefish Mountain Resort Saturday brought out dozens of supporters for Hike for Heroes. The hike supports the Montana chapter of COPS, or Concerns of Police Survivors.
Montana COPS looks to rebuild the lives of families and co-workers of those who have lost an officer killed in the line of duty. COPS offers law enforcement training, retreats, and support for those affected by such tragedies.
Becky Sturdevant, who lost her son MHP Trooper Evan Schneider in 2008 hopes the hike raises $5,000 or more for Montana COPS.
"It's hard for anyone who loses a loved one, but it's especially hard for law enforcement because their death is in service to our community," said Sturdevant. "For us it's important that they're not forgotten, that their sacrifice is not forgotten."
A second Hike for Heroes takes place next Saturday in Three Forks. For more, visit the Hike for Heroes website.