PHOENIX - This May, those who have lost loved ones in the line of duty will head to Washington D.C. for the National Police Memorial Week. This weekend, they meet in Arizona to offer support and hope.
"It was early, like four o'clock on a Sunday morning, I received a phone call from a friend asking where I was," said Beth Coleman.
It's been nearly two years to the day since Beth Coleman lost her husband.
"She said Bill was shot," Beth remembered.
Deputy Bill Coleman was killed during a burglary in Anthem.
"Our hearts were shattered. It was a life turned inside out, upside down. We were in shock. You know, as a cop's wife you know this is something that may happen, and it did happen to us," Beth said.
Two years later, the grief is still there, but it's getting easier.
"It does, it does because of programs like C.O.P.S.," Beth said.
C.O.P.S., or Concerns of Police Survivors, is a national group dedicated to supporting families of fallen law enforcement officials killed in the line of duty. The group is made of fellow survivors, like Jan Blaser-Upchurch.
"I still remember the first moment I met another survivor and how we connected immediately, and that's what happens here," Jan said.
"Well that's it, they get it. They've walked our journey, they give us hope that we'll be ok. I think we're headed in that direction," Beth said.
It's a long journey, but one survivors like Jan and Beth can make together.
"I don't think we'd be in the place that we are if we hadn't participated in their programs, their events and meeting the other survivors and having them as our support system," Beth said.
For more information on C.O.P.S. visit their website.