“My husband, a police officer, had asked me to see the movie ‘American Sniper’ with him. There we sat, taking in the adrenaline, the drama, the touching story of a woman’s love and concern for her husband.  I watched intently as the relationship struggles the Kyles faced mirrored those of my own marriage; and I quickly realized how important the health and well-being of our public servants is—not just for them but for their families.” Profiles In Courage – The Stresses Endured By A Police And EMT Couple – Kimberly Colley, Executive Director of the Blue Bow Foundation on this episode of the Law Enforcement Today Radio Show and Podcast.

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(Photo from Kimberly Colley. Profiles In Courage – The Stresses Endured By A Police And EMT Couple)

She was an EMT, and her spouse is a Police Officer. She is part of a first responder family and talks about the stresses endured by a police and EMT couple, emotional, physical and financial that most first responder families face. When her EMT career was cut short by health problems, she watched the movie “American Sniper” with her police officer husband. Watching the movie and seeing how the stress impacted their marriage she decided to do something to help. I still get nervous when my husband heads out to his patrol vehicle; but I take comfort knowing that I am doing what I can to support him, his fellow officers, and their families.

In her words, from the website of the Blue Bow Foundation: “The agency that patrols my neighborhood has a Benevolence Fund, the decision was easy. I would donate half of the money from my bow sales to the fund, with the other half covering my expenses. The idea caught on like wildfire, and I had a stream of orders flowing in daily. During this time, I also personally hand-made, delivered and installed each and every bow. Then came August 28, 2015, the night Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Darren Goforth was killed.”

(Logo from Kimberly Colley. Profiles In Courage – The Stresses Endured By A Police And EMT Couple.)

​”I had already been running what I called my ‘Blue Bow Campaign’ for several months at that point and had been able to donate over $1,500 to the Benevolence Fund. Due to this terrible tragedy, however, I decided to donate the profits for the next month directly to the Goforth family in lieu of the Benevolence Fund. The response was amazing… orders came rushing in within minutes of posting my intent online, and total sales for the month reached almost $6,000. It was an amazing show of support from the community! I was approached by people I didn’t even know offering to help put together a team of volunteers so that I could keep up with the demand of orders that I was receiving. I was truly touched.”

“That is when the ‘Blue Bow Campaign’ began to transform into a bigger idea. Trusted friends, business leaders, and law enforcement personnel all encouraged me to continue my efforts to support police officers and their families by forming a nonprofit entity. This was beyond my wildest dreams, and I couldn’t believe how quickly it was all happening. But after careful thought, prayer and discussion with my husband, I hearkened back to the movie theater and the emotions that “American Sniper” stirred in me. I then decided to focus my efforts on providing proactive, on-going support to law enforcement officers and their families and reached out to my trusted friends and contacts for assistance.”

(Photo from Kimberly Colley. Profiles In Courage – The Stresses Endured By A Police And EMT Couple.)

“That is why The Blue Bow Foundation, Inc., was formed, and that is why we provide the services we do. I still get nervous when my husband heads out to his patrol vehicle; but I take comfort knowing that I am doing what I can to support him, his fellow officers, and their families.”

​Click here or on the image below to listen to this episode of the Law Enforcement Today Radio Show and Podcast, about the stresses endured by a police and emt couple.

(Photo and Logo from Kimberly Colley, compiled by LET staff. Profiles In Courage – The Stresses Endured By A Police And EMT Couple)

Please join us in thanking Kimberly Colley for her service and all that she does to help Law Enforcement Officers and their families.


 

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