The following story underscores the devastation these families experience. Nine years ago this wife and mother of two boys lived the nightmare of losing her husband when he was killed in the line of duty during the pursuit of a stolen car. She will never forget that terrible night and says, “My husband loved his job. He ate, slept, and lived for his job for 13 years. When he was killed, there went my life! Our boys were young – just five and nine years old – and couldn’t understand what had happened to their daddy!’ She remembers, “It took a good year for me to sort everything out. Oh, there were several organizations that helped, but only one stayed with our family year after year. That was AFP&CC’s Family Survivors Fund. They never forgot us. Never. The boys received birthday and Christmas gifts every year. Being a single mom, those remembrances mean the world to me now. Why, AFP&CC really became our family.” “When we’d go to the grave site on Fathers’ Day, we would always say, ‘We’ll never forget you, Daddy.’ And then we’d say, ‘Thank you AFP&CC for never forgetting, either. You are our lifeline to hope.’”
Dear APHF, The Missouri State Highway Patrol received the packet you sent in regard to the line of duty death of Trooper Frederick F. Guthrie, Jr. As you can imagine, this has been a very difficult time for the family, friends and coworkers of Trooper Guthrie. He was a man of conviction who spent his adult life serving Missouri’s citizens and those visiting our state. The information in the packet will be delivered personally to Trooper Guthrie’s family. I want to especially thank you for the monetary donation to the Guthrie family. Although no amount of money can take the place of a loved one, it helps to alleviate the financial burdens placed on a family during this stressful time. I appreciate the gesture very much, and I am sure the family appreciates it more than we will ever know. Trooper Guthrie’s death marks the loss of thirty officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the citizens of Missouri as a member of the State Highway Patrol. The loss of a law enforcement officer is never easy. However, Trooper Guthrie’s family and the Patrol have received widespread support. On behalf of the Missouri State Highway patrol and the family of Trooper Guthrie, I would like to thank you for recognizing his sacrifice. Your sympathy and generosity are greatly appreciated. Sincerely, Colonel Ronald K. Replogle Superintendent Missouri Highway Patrol Jefferson City, MO
The American Federation of Police & Concerned Citizens (AFP&CC) offers a number of programs and services that support the law enforcement community and specifically the surviving families of officers killed in the line of duty.