Norfolk, Va. – When officer Brian Jones was shot and killed last month, those who knew the kindhearted cop vowed to never forget.
Now a pair of events are taking action to make those words a reality.
“There needs to be a sustained effort to remember him,” said Jones’ friend, fellow officer Mikhail Anstrom.
After a week of grieving, Anstrom decided to host a soccer tournament this weekend with all the proceeds going to the late officer’s family.
“Every time that’s made, it’s gonna go to them.”
Department squads from Norfolk, Virginia Beach, Hampton and Newport News will kick things off Saturday.
The night before, everyone can fuel up at a spaghetti dinner.
“The responses have been outstanding. Everyone wants to donate, they want to come to the event,” said Erika Matthews.
Matthews and Megan Stewart are wives of Newport News cops. They took action six years ago and created “Backing the Thin Line.”
Their group puts on fundraisers to help the families of fallen first responders.
“That could have been our husbands and what would we have done?” said Matthews.
At both events there will be a moment of silence and prayer to honor Officer Jones. The pain of losing such a dedicated man to both his city and his family, hasn’t gone away, it’s barely dulled at all.
“Just a very difficult thing to deal with, a total tragedy in every aspect,” said Anstrom.
The spaghetti dinner and raffle is at 248 Menchville Road in Newport News on Friday from 4 p.m. until 8.
On Saturday, the soccer tournament will begin at 9 a.m. and run until 5 pm. It’s at Powhatan Field near the Old Dominion University campus.