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Former police officer, Harry Herington, made a promise to his partners just as thousands of officers do today – "If something happens to me, take care of my family."

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Trina and Deidre Scott -- Nashville

In pursuit of a hotel robbery suspect on June 7, 2002, police officer David Scott's patrol car was hit by another vehicle. When his car spun out of control and struck a guardrail, David, 42, was trapped between the seat and the steering wheel. He died after the car burst into flames, leaving behind his wife, Trina, and four daughters, the youngest just four years old.

Concerns of Police Survivors, Inc. (C.O.P.S.), which helps surviving families of officers killed in the line of duty, reached out to the grieving family, offering counseling and a way to connect with other families who had experienced the same loss. David Scott's third daughter, Deidre, six at the time of his death, now 15, said the group provided "consolers we could talk to about what we were going through."

Motivated by the help she received from the organization, Trina dedicated virtually all of her free time to C.O.P.S., becoming president of its Middle and East Tennessee chapter in 2003. Deidre, too, deepened her involvement with the group, attending a one-week summer camp sponsored by C.O.P.S. for children ages six to 14 who had lost a law enforcement family member in the line of duty. She attended counseling sessions each morning and participated in traditional camp activities, like swimming and canoeing, in the afternoons.

"I met some of the greatest people I'll ever know," Deidre said. "I met a lot of people who had been through the same thing I had, and it was easy to relate to them. They still are like family to me. I can talk to them about anything. If not for C.O.P.S., I don't know how I'd have gotten through (losing my dad)."