C.O.P.S. – The Faces of Survivors

Concerns of Police Survivors is a community of surviving wives, husbands, mothers, fathers, daughters, sons, children, aunts, friends, coworkers and more who have lost a loved one in the line of duty. While we pray that no one else will have to suffer from losing someone so close, we are thankful to know that they will be lifted up with support and love from the members of this amazing community. 
We’re proud to bring you a new series: the Faces of Survivors.

Brian Bolton

Officer Sean Bolton – EOW: 8/1/2015

C.O.P.S. - The Faces of Survivors

Sean Bolton’s end of watch was August 1, 2015. He was my big brother. Sean was on routine patrol in a diverse community that knew him by name.  He spotted a vehicle that looked suspicious for the area and investigated it. What that led to was eight gunshot wounds. Two of which were fatal.  All over a few ounces of weed and a convicted felon with a handgun who didn’t want to go back to jail.
The City of Memphis footed the bill for me and a few other family members to go to DC for National Police Week in 2016. I had no clue what it was all about. I felt honored to go for my brother and family. At one point there was a breakout session of small groups. I was drawn to a sibling’s survivor session.
That session transformed my life for the better. I never thought that you could pigeon hole me and describe me to the letter every, thought, emotion, and circumstance that I endured. I was not alone. That session led me to the C.O.P.S. Sibling’s Retreat. Again, to be with people who understood what I was in the midst of was life changing. I’m a bottle-it-up no-one-can-ever-understand-me person. With the support of C.O.P.S. and my fellow siblings, I was able to uncork. I can’t imagine the person I was heading towards becoming. C.O.P.S. saved my life.

Soli Deo Gloria,
Brian Bolton
C.O.P.S. - The Faces of Survivors
The picture of me was taken during a lunch break during the sentencing phase of the trial.  I found a lot of pink clothes in my brother’s closet when I cleaned it out.  That led me request people were pink socks and pink ties to his funeral. (Pretty sure all pink socks and pink ties were sold out in Memphis for a few days). I, in turn, wore pink in some form for every court appearance.  The second picture is my wife and I at the sibs retreat in 2016.  We missed 2017 with the birth of our first child and 2018 because we were going through fertility treatments and we had to cancel last minute (because when it is time, it is time).  This year we are unable to attend…because we are due at the end of September.

David and Patricia Leo

Officer Justin Leo – EOW: 10/21/17


Our son, Officer Justin Leo, of the Girard, Ohio Police Department was killed on 10/21/17 responding to a domestic call. He was 31, unmarried, and was our only child. Our world was turned upside down and only through our family, friends, community, and the community at Concerns of Police Survivors have we been able to make progress.

Attending our first Parent Conference in October of 2018 connected us with peers and helped us find some solace. We will be returning again this year.

We gave endowed nine scholarships at Youngstown State University in our son’s memory as well as 8 scholarships the past two years at Girard High School.   

Our advice almost daily to our son, including the last time we spoke to him a few hours before he was killed, was, “make good choices; brush your teeth and be safe.”


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Each week we will bring you the stories of surviving family members. 

“When a police officer is killed, it’s not an agency that loses an officer, it’s an entire nation.” 

-Chris Cosgriff, Founder: Officer Down Memorial Page

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