Updated 03/09/2012 10:52 AM
Blue Friday recognizes sacrifices made by officers
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NEW YORK -- The men and women of law enforcement are honored today with a special fundraising event.
Today is Blue Friday, a day when businesses sell blue flowers to raise money for charity.
All the money raised goes to the Blue Friday organization to assist the families of law enforcement officers who are killed or seriously injured in the line of duty. This year, the money is going to Detective John Falcone's family.
The Poughkeepsie officer was shot in killed in February of last year, while responding to a domestic incident at the Poughkeepsie train station. His family plans to use the money to travel to Washington D.C. where Falcone's name will be added to the officers' memorial wall.
Sgt. Sean Fitzgerald of the Poughkeepsie Police Department said, "It's nice that Blue Friday is also helping us to help John's family to get down to D.C. and to just make sure John's memory is never forgotten."
Money raised on Blue Friday also goes toward treatment and counseling for officers who are hurt in the line of duty.