Updated 03/08/2013 02:20 PM
Officers honored on ninth annual Blue Friday
Those in uniform are honored on the ninth annual Blue Friday. It's a day to remember the sacrifices made by officers and their families. YNN's Megan Cruz shows us how we can show our gratitude.
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COLONIE, N.Y. -- A coating of white on Blue Friday, a day to honor those who serve and protect.
"Nobody normally honors police officers when they're alive, always when they're dead, so we wanted to do something for both," said Blue Friday of NY President Pat Fox.
It's the ninth annual Blue Friday. Every year, law enforcement officers gather to fundraise at various spots in the Capitol Region. Money collected goes to families of officers who've been seriously injured on the job or killed.
"We have grief counseling available if needed and we're just there to help out the families, let them know they're not forgotten and they'll never stand alone," said Fox.
On sale were blue carnations, chocolate-covered strawberries, and items of clothing. Last year, they raised $16,000.
A portion of that money went to the family of Detective John Falcone, a Poughkeepsie cop shot while on duty in 2011.
This year, the money will go to the family of Trooper Amanda Anna. Anna was killed in May of 2012 when she lost control of her State Police Tahoe in Oswego County.
Anna's ex-husband says he's thankful to those who celebrate Blue Friday. "It's amazing what they do," he said. "Been something that I never expected or thought I would see."
"You take the officers for granted sometimes, you know? They're there all the time for you, for your protection, so I thought why not give something," said Colonie resident Tom Stewart.
Blue Friday funds bought Anna's five-year-old son, Ethan, a toboggan last Christmas. It'll also fly him, Johnathan, and Amanda's parents to Washington, D.C. in May when Amanda's name will be added to the National Law Enforcement Memorial.
"It's been comforting that people are thinking of us, especially our son. And that's what means the most to me," said Johnathan.
For more information about Blue Friday of New York, visit www.bluefridayny.org.