Community eats in support of fallen officer’s family

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — The Hampton Roads community is helping the family of a fallen Norfolk police officer. Brian Jones died last month when he responded to a call for a gunman.

Last night, the group “Backing the Thin Line” sponsored a spaghetti dinner for the Jones’ family. All proceeds went right to his wife and young children.

The event was held at Menchville Baptist Church in Newport News.

“Of course we got the firefighters in there cooking and the police are out here eating,” joked organizer Erika Matthews.

Everybody understands when there is a time of need we are right there,” said Newport News Deputy Fire Chief Kenneth Lay. “When our bothers in blue need the brothers in red, we are there.

Backing the Thin Line” is geared to helping loved ones of police officers and firefighters left behind. Matthews’ husband is a Newport News officer.

When they leave for the day, you try not to argue, especially when they are at work, because you never know if it’s going to be the last time, Matthews said.

Officer Jones’ wife Rebecca and the kids were at the dinner for a little while.

We want to show her that we care,” Matthews said. “I may not know her personally, but we can just imagine what she’s going through.

There were will be several more fundraisers for the Jones family.

This Saturday, June 28: The Norfolk Police Department’s soccer team is hosting a tournament at Powhatan field.  The event is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Click here for more info about the soccer tournament.

July 12: The Police Emerald Society of Tidewater is sponsoring a poker run. Registration is $10 per bike. The event starts at Sunrise Cycles at 1559 E. Little Creek Road in Norfolk at 9 a.m. Click here for info about the Brian Jones Benefit Poker Run

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