OLATHE, Kan. -- Law enforcement officers across the metro helped some of their own on Saturday. In the past, a tournament was started to pay the funeral costs for an Olathe police officer.
That tourney has grown into a fundraiser that's helping many other law enforcement families. Wyandotte County officers took on Johnson County officers on Saturday. They are friends off the court, but on Saturday they were fighting to win.
Mikkie Middleton and her son were the first recipients of money raised at the tournament. Five years ago, it was named after her husband, Cy Middleton. Cy had a short, hard battle with lung cancer that ended when his son Evan was only two-months-old. Now, Mikki is determined to help other law enforcement families.
"I just know how it felt to us when everyone supported us," Middleton said. "To have so many people around you its so helpful and I want to extend that to them."
Melinda Copeland is still raw from her loss. Her husband Mark died of cancer just two months ago. Saturday's tournament money will go in part to college funds for her four young children.
"They have been phenomenal," Copeland said. "My husband was proud to be a part of them. They helped us with many things and were always just a phone call away. If I needed anything, I knew they would be there to help me."
Keto Thompson was a KCK police officer for 14 years. He lost his battle with cancer in November. His wife and four sons will also benefit from Saturday's tournament The players put their lives on the line every day in service to our communities. Saturday, their sights were on assisting their own and the winning result was nothing but net!
- Contributions for fallen police officers can be sent to the Cy Middleton Memorial Fund. Enterprise Bank and Trust. P.O. Box 1500. Olathe, Kansas 66051