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Woonsocket, Central Falls officers participate in “Copswalk”

Woonsocket, Central Falls officers participate in “Copswalk”

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By: Melissa Randall

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For the next few days 10 police officers- 9 from Woonsocket and 1 from Central Falls- will call the road home.

“It's a lot of camaraderie, a lot of fun, and a lot of war stories and everything else going on so we enjoy it,” said Lt. Ed Cunanan of Woonsocket.

The men stepped off Friday morning on a journey that will take them from Woonsocket, Rhode Island to Washington D.C. The group is participating a four day, around the clock, relay to raise awareness to the sacrifices being made by officers- officers like Sgt. Steven Shaw of Providence.

Officers like Sgt. Steven Shaw of providence.

“I'll never forget him. Never forget him,” said Bob Shaw of his son.

Shaw was shot and killed in 1994 while in the line of duty. His father joined the "Copswalk" for the first mile in solidarity with all the families who have lost a loved one.

“We wanted to let them know– no matter what happens– we'll always be here,” said Shaw.

For many of the officers the walk is personal. Woonsocket Police Chief Thomas Carey lost three brothers while working in Florida.

“It still impacts me today,” said an emotional Carey. “You know? Because I knew those people so good.”

 “We've met so many great people– and just to interact with them, meet them, and talk with them, and to get on an emotional level with them– that just makes it all worth it,” said Lt. Ed Cunanan who has been participating in the walk for the last 12 years.

The walk doubles as a fundraiser. The men have collected more than 100–thousand dollars since 2001 to help surviving family members.

“It's probably one of the most amazing things and I've never seen anything like this across the country– so again, it makes me just so proud to be a member of this agency,” said Carey.

Once the group reaches Washington D.C. they will attend the National Police Week Memorial.

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