Sheriff seeks golfers for John Bernard Memorial

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EPHRATA — Grant County Sheriff Tom Jones is asking all golfers who appreciate the men and women of law enforcement to show that support on May 11 at the first John Bernard Memorial Golf Tournament at the Moses Lake Country Club.

“Normally, I am not one to ask the community for additional support,” Jones said. “However, there is an organization I believe deserves and needs our support. The Behind the Badge Foundation is a statewide non-profit organization comprised of volunteers who have lost a spouse or a child in the line of duty as a law enforcement officer.”

According to Jones, when a law enforcement officer loses his or her life in the line of duty, the BTB Foundation comes to the aid of the family and agency of the fallen hero.

Behind the Badge organizes a memorial service for the family and pays 100 percent of the costs, including funeral home expenses, burial and any other expenses incurred by the family.

“Two years ago, I was honored to be asked to serve on the Board of Directors for Behind the Badge,” Jones said. “Without question, this has been one of the most humbling experiences of my life. Behind the Badge is supported completely through donations and is made up of almost all volunteers. To see those who have lost loved ones in the line of duty give of themselves to others experiencing the same nightmare has truly inspired me.”

The Grant County Sheriff’s Office was tragically affected in 2010 with its first line-of-duty death in the agency’s history when Deputy John Bernard was killed. It was a tragic and trying time for the Bernard family as well as the Sheriff’s Office family, Jones said.

“Behind the Badge Foundation was instrumental in compassionately guiding the family and our agency through the entire memorial, survival and support process while making certain all expenses were paid in full,” Jones said. “I feel passionately about continuing to honor Deputy John Bernard, while also benefiting Behind the Badge Foundation.”

A great way to accomplish both goals is to establish an annual memorial golf tournament in memory of John with the proceeds going to Behind the Badge Foundation, Jones said. He believes $50,000 can be raised for Behind the Badge Foundation in a group effort such as memorial golf.

“Please join me in honoring John and his family and raising $50,000 for Behind the Badge,” Jones said.

If you have any questions about Behind the Badge or this fundraising effort please feel free to contact Jones personally at tjones@grantcountywa.gov or 509-750-7301.

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