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Showing of Heroes Behind the Badge slated for Bethel Park High School


Western Pennsylvania is no stranger to Law Enforcement Officers being killed in the line of duty, and sadly, the state has ranked as one of the highest states for police deaths in recent years.

In the last four years, in this region, at least 12 officers have been laid to rest. Since its founding in 2001, the Greater Pittsburgh Police Emerald Society Pipes & Drums has performed at every police funeral in the area, as well as many funerals and memorial services around the country.

A new film being released this fall, shows the sacrifices Law Enforcement Officers around the nation make every day. Heroes Behind the Badge is a documentary, featuring the men and women of law enforcement who put their lives on the line, some who survived and others who made the ultimate sacrifice.

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Wayne Derrick, and narrated by Law & Order’s Vincent D’Onofrio, this film tells seven stories of sacrifice and heroism that occurred last year, including interviews of family members and surviving officers. 

The Greater Pittsburgh Police Pipes & Drums, along with the Bethel Park Police Department, is hosting an exclusive screening of this film, which will be released on DVD/Blu-Ray and not shown in theaters.

The screening will take place Saturday, Nov. 17, at 7 p.m. at the new Bethel Park High School Auditorium, 309 Church Road, Bethel Park, PA 15102. The evening will feature Executive Producer Lt. William Erfurth (Ret.), who will be on-hand to discuss the film, as well as a performance by the Pipes & Drums Band.

Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door, with half of the net proceeds going directly to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF).

Tickets are available at the Bethel Park Police Station during business hours or by mail. Send a check payable to Greater Pittsburgh Police Pipes & Drums to: Bethel Park Police, Heroes Behind the Badge Screening, 5100 W. Library Avenue, Bethel Park, PA 15102.

Or contact Ofc. Sean Gorman, or 412-831-6800 ext. 836.

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