Annual ice hockey game benefits children of fallen officers

This weekend in Hershey, law enforcement officers from across the state will lace up their skates to honor their fallen brothers.

The 7th annual Cops for K.O.P.S. ice hockey game will be played at Giant Center on Saturday. It was started by Derry Township Police Chief Pat O'Rourke after he played the bagpipes at several police funerals. K.O.P.S. stand for “Keep Our Pipers Silent.”

The event will not only honor those who lost their lives in the line of duty over the past year, but raise money to benefit their children. In years past, the game has raised a total of $120,000.

“This is one day to get the family away from all the mourning they've gone through, all the grief they've gone through, and have them come out and let them know the law enforcement community and family is there for them,” O'Rourke said.  “We make sure these families want for nothing.”

This year, participants will skate in honor of six fallen comrades. The Philadelphia Police Department lost two officers this past year. Because of that, they are sending their entire ice hockey team to challenge officers from the rest of the state.

The benefit hockey game starts at 1:00 p.m.. Tickets are $10 at the door. Children under three are free.

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