Every 54 Hours... The Thin Blue Line Fades to Black
An inspiring and gripping documentary, Heroes Behind The Badge follows three stories of law enforcement officers who were tragically killed in the line of duty. From San Diego, CA, comes the high profile case of Officer Jeremy Henwood who was randomly shot and killed as he sat and ate lunch just minutes after generously buying lunch for a young boy whom he had never met before. From Miami, FL, Officer Roger Castillo and Officer Amanda Haworth are both shot and killed while serving a homicide warrant. And from Springfield, OH, comes the story of Deputy Suzanne Hopper who was shot and killed while investigating a 'shots fired' call to police. The film also follows three high-profile cases of near death and survival, including the story of Mike Neal, a wildlife officer form West Memphis, AR, who faced heavy gunfire head on as he attempted to stop AK-47 wielding criminals who had just shot and killed two officers on the side of the Interstate. From Fond du Lac, Wisconsin comes the story of K9 officer Ryan Williams who was shot twice along with his police dog Grendel, while responding to a standoff with a gunman. Both the officer and his K9 partner survived to tell their story. And finally comes the story of off-duty Federal Officer, Inspector Anton Sampson, who saved a young girl from armed assailants after exchanging gunfire and chasing one of the armed assailants into nearby woods to be later apprehended. Educational, insightful, emotional and powerful, these compelling true crime accounts shed light on a subject that has long been overlooked. These stories culminate with coverage of police week 2012, where the 164 American officers who were killed in the line of duty in 2011 are recognized at the National Law Enforcement Officer's Memorial in Washington, DC. Directed by British Academy Award winning filmmaker, Wayne Derrick, this film will serve as a tribute in honoring the lives of those brave men and women behind the badge who risked it all.