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Chapter Holds “Back the Blue BBQ” To Honor Fallen Police Officers

Monday, April 24, 2017   (0 Comments)
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GeorgiaSouthern17ABy Stephen Lee
(Lewis University, '10)

Turn on the local news and you’re bound to see stories about crime and murder. Very rarely does it touch your family, but it happens to someone.

Phi Kappa Theta brothers at Georgia Southern University did their part to break up the sad stories with something uplifting.

They held a barbecue honoring police officers killed in the line of duty.

Quoted in the TV news segment on channel WTOC 11 was Tyler Groover (GSU, '17). "People don't realize that it isn't just 135 badges, that's 135 fathers, mothers, husbands, wives, sons and daughters.”

Tyler speaks from experience. His uncle, a police officer, was killed in the line of duty.

"I was very young when it happened”, recalled Tyler. "I remember a large about of fellow law enforcement officers and other community members attended his funeral, which really spoke to me about the type of person he was.

The "Back the Blue BBQ” spawned from the brothers’ desire to let law enforcement officers in their area know that the Georgia Southern community, especially Greek Life, supports their hard work and sacrifice.

Proceeds from the barbecue were donated to an organization called Concerns Of Police Survivors, or C.O.P.S. The Georgia chapter of C.O.P.S helped Tyler’s family cope with the loss of their uncle, so the brothers decided to repay the favor.

"Phi Kappa Theta isn’t about having big parties or nice houses”, said Groover. "It’s about positively influencing the communities in which we exist and finding a cause that brothers of the respective chapter can all relate to. For Georgia Lambda Chi, it just happens to be C.O.P.S.”

For the event, Phi Kaps set up around twenty tables on Chi Omega’s lot, which is basically a field with a few trees. Police officers, Phi Kaps and members of other Greek organizations chowed down on barbecue while interacting and conversing with one another. One officer even brought his K9 partner.

Taylor Prince (GSU, '19) helped plan the event. "It wasn’t just a couple guys hanging out, it was the community coming together to raise money for a great organization while showing the police they are supported by their community and Greek Life.”

Taylor appreciated the interaction between officers and students, all rubbing elbows at the barbecue. "I think the students were able to see the officers outside of just being police. That they were normal people just like me and you.

"It was a nice atmosphere for the officers to wind down and just hang out. They felt appreciated, and the students could see that” said Taylor, also the chapter’s VP of Leadership.

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