It's been more than a month since the deadly police ambush in Dallas, TX. Five officers were killed, another seven injured on July 7th.
Different police and fire departments from WNY suited up Thursday to support the family members of the fallen officers in Cheektowaga.
— Josh Bazan (@JoshBazan) August 18, 2016
Teams from Buffalo Police and Fire, West Seneca Police and Cheektowaga Police took part in the event.
Courtney Jakubowicz helped organize the "Fallen Heroes Softball Tournament." Her husband is a Cheektowaga police officer and she was heartbroken after hearing of the attack in Dallas.
"My husband has been on the force eight years," she said. "I have a 6-year-old. I couldn't imagine what the families of the Dallas victims are going through right now."
So Jakubowicz and the wives of some other officers helped organize a fundraiser for the Dallas Police Department. Different agencies formed teams for the softball tournament, local businesses donated items for basket raffles and volunteers sold food and snacks all day long. Every bit of the proceeds will be going to families of fallen police officers.
"That was a really scary moment," said Officer Eric Jakubowicz, remembering the Dallas ambush. "Especially for all police officers. It brings home what can happen when you're out there."
Courtney Jakubowicz hopes events like this can bring people together and help showcase the hard work of law enforcement and first responders.
"Everyday when our husbands walk out that door, we never know what's going to happen," she said. "We need to remember that these guys and girls do everything they can everyday to protect and serve our community."
The Cheektowaga Police Benevolent Association will be gathering donations for another week. Anybody interested in helping out can send donations to "Cheektowaga PBA" located at the police station at 3223 Union Rd, Cheektowaga, NY 14227.
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