MSP Trooper Paul Butterfield
(GRAND RAPIDS) -- A Michigan program called MI-C.O.P.S connects families of fallen officers.
Karen Black, says after losing her brother she felt lost, but found comfort in a support group for fallen officers.
Hearing about Trooper Butterfield's murder, has her reliving her own trauma. Her brother, Officer Daryle Black, was gunned down by a gang while out on a call.
"(The shooter) just stood up with an assault weapon, 26 rounds into the car"
Her loss was followed by support
"That's when I gained, I call it my new family"
That 'family' is called MI-C.O.P.S, a support group, for survivors of fallen officers. Everyone in the group has also lost an officer.
Black says, "It really helped me being connected with other survivors because they understand."
The group offers therapy and support to not just family, but also fellow officers, often too grief sticken to come forward. Black has this message for everyone coping with Trooper Butterfield's loss:
"They will not be alone on this road of grief and mourning, we will be there as long as they want us to be"
You can donate to the group by clicking HERE. All the money goes directly to families.