Community takes action for family of fallen Norfolk officer

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.

3 comments

  • Just a thought....

    All this fundraising, etc. is very nice, and I’m sure it is helpful, but has it occurred to anyone that all the media coverage might be a bit overwhelming for the family right now? They may need some time off to just grieve and come to terms with their loss, not be confronted with it every time they open the paper or go online. I know I would need some time alone before I was ready to face everyone else and talk about my loss, but the cameras have been shoved right up in their faces from the beginning-even at the edges of the poor man’s funeral, and in the church at his memorial service! Perhaps it’s time to leave the family alone-this is a personal loss, not media fodder.

  • Heidi Huber

    Seriously, John Doe? If you’re going to be an asshat, at least use your real name. I am sure that it’s not easy for the family to be in the spotlight, but it’s also heartwarming to see the community pulling together to help this family, and I’m sure they appreciate that. Usually, you only see this type of community love from small communities, not larger cities. I think this also shows that Norfolk citizens respect our men and women in blue which is usually a thankless job.

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