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Widow of fallen officer paying it forward to help COPS

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Two officers have been shot in the Mid-South in August.

Now a widow of a killed Memphis police officer is working to honor their service.

Andrea Woods' husband spent 7 years protecting and serving Memphis.

"We graduated together," Woods said. "Both of us went to Booker T. Washington class of '87."

In August 2003, Anthony paid the ultimate price, when he was shot and killed in the line of duty. 

The Woods had three children. At the time, they were 7, 10, and 14 years old.

"[It was] very hard missing those father-daughter days," Woods recalled. "I had to play the role of two parents."

Through another widow, Andrea was introduced to the West Tennessee chapter of Concerns Of Police Survivors, or COPS. 

The organization helped support Andrea and her family during their time of grief. 
  
Now, she devotes her time to paying it forward, serving as president of the local chapter. 

"It's a passion for me; to let them know we are rebuilding shattered lives, and we are still standing," Woods said.

Saturday, you can join her in supporting COPS families, for the third annual West TN COPS motorcycle ride in honor of Officer Woods.

All proceeds from entry fees will help families in 21 surrounding counties who lost loved ones who served our community.

The ride will start at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Bumpus Harley Davidson. 

Another memorial ride will be held Sunday specifically in honor of Officer Sean Bolton.

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