Fallen Officer's family invited to Nat'l Police Week - KATV - Breaking News, Weather and Razorback Sports

Fallen Officer's family invited to Nat'l Police Week

Posted: Updated:

(KATV) Conway - The family of a fallen Conway officer learned they're heading to Washington D.C. for a special memorial.

Officer William McGary was just 26 years old when he died from injuries he sustained, when he was hit by a car while directing traffic around an accident.

Officer McGary died on February 1, one day after the incident. His family isn't ready to talk, but allowed Channel Seven to join them.

Officer William Michael "Will" McGary's mom, dad and sister were asked to go to the Conway Police Department Wednesday.

Joe Beffa with the Barwick-Newton Law Enforcement Fund says, "There are organizations out there that take care of the spouses at the time of an officer killed in the line of duty, but nobody was there for the families."

The family was told they're going to Washington D.C., in May 2014.

Beffa explains, "There is a big family there of people who have died in the line of duty and the survivors are all in the same boat, suffering tragically."

The McGary's will see their son's name etched in the memorial during National Police Week. "Along with that, they're with people that experienced the same loss, the loss of a family member and they get to have constant counseling and talk among peers," Beffa says.

It's all made possible because of the Barwick Newton Law Enforcement Memorial Fund, created by two families of fallen officers who saw the need to help families with the financial hardship. Beffa says, "We started this in 2005, we sent 4 officers in the first year and last year we sent 18."

It's going to cost about $8,000 to send the McGary's for the whole week to Washington D.C. Every dollar raised for the foundation goes to help families of fallen officers, because it's not 'if' … it's 'when' will the next family need to go to National Police Week.

We are only three months into the year and already 22 officers have died in the line of duty in the U.S. Tuesday, a police chief in Mississippi was hit by a car. You'll recall Officer Will McGary was killed when a car hit him. This year vehicle related police deaths are up 40-percent.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Police arrest suspect in death of LRSD employee

    Police arrest suspect in death of LRSD employee

    Friday, April 18 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-04-19 02:37:54 GMT
    Little Rock (KATV) - Little Rock police have arrested the man they believe killed a Little Rock School District Employee. 40-year-old Joe Wicker was arrested Friday. Police say he is responsible forMore >>
    Little Rock (KATV) - Little Rock police have arrested the man they believe killed a Little Rock School District Employee. 40-year-old Joe Wicker was arrested Friday. Police say he is responsible forMore >>
  • Student claims LRSD teacher hits him with her high heel shoe

    Student claims LRSD teacher hits him with her high heel shoe

    Friday, April 18 2014 7:15 PM EDT2014-04-18 23:15:01 GMT
    LITTLE ROCK (KATV)--Disappointed with the Little Rock School District is how one mother feels tonight. This after she says her son's biology teacher hit him with her high heel shoe on Monday. SantriseMore >>
    LITTLE ROCK (KATV)--Disappointed with the Little Rock School District is how one mother feels tonight. This after she says her son's biology teacher hit him with her high heel shoe on Monday.More >>
  • Teen Killed in Pedestrian Accident in Pine Bluff

    Teen Killed in Pedestrian Accident in Pine Bluff

    Saturday, April 19 2014 12:37 PM EDT2014-04-19 16:37:37 GMT
    PINE BLUFF, AR --At approximately10:00 P.M. Friday night, a fatality pedestrian collision occurred at U.S.79 and Union Street in Pine Bluff. 14-year-old Charles E. Jones died in the collision. Witnesses report thatthe suspect vehicle struck Joneswhile traveling south on U.S. 79 as he and another group of children were trying to cross U.S. 79 at Union Street. The Driver then fled the scene.A witness at the collision gave a description of the vehicle and driver. Pine Bluff Police units located ...More >>
    PINE BLUFF, AR --At approximately10:00 P.M. Friday night, a fatality pedestrian collision occurred at U.S.79 and Union Street in Pine Bluff. 14-year-old Charles E. Jones died in the collision. Witnesses report thatthe suspect vehicle struck Joneswhile traveling south on U.S. 79 as he and another group of children were trying to cross U.S. 79 at Union Street. The Driver then fled the scene.A witness at the collision gave a description of the vehicle and driver. Pine Bluff Police units located ...More >>