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Cops for KOPS hockey game to honor fallen Pa. officers

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HERSHEY, Pa. (WHTM) -

Law enforcement officers will lace up their skates to honor their fallen comrades this weekend.

The 8th annual Cops for K.O.P.S. charity ice hockey game will be held at Giant Center in Hershey.

K.O.P.S. stands for "Keep Our Pipers Silent." The event was conceived by Derry Township Police Chief Pat O'Rourke while he played the bagpipes at the funeral of a slain state trooper.

This year the group will honor three Pennsylvania men who died in the line of duty including Patrolman Edward Wehe of the Delaware County Park Police, Sgt. John LaRose of the Pa. State Police and Patrolman Jerry McCarthy of the Shenango Township Police Department.

In years past, the event has raised $125,000 for children of fallen officers.

"It's not enough just to send those families away," O'Rourke said. "We have to continue to provide for them and make sure they're taken care of as life moves on. Life doesn't end just because they lost a loved one. It's just the beginning in our opinion."

"It's a good day to give back for a sad reason," former Hershey Bears player Mitch Lamoureux said.

The event will feature former Bears players like Lamoureux, local officers, and players from the NYPD and the Philadelphia and Pittsburgh police departments.

The puck drop at 1 p.m. at Giant Center. Tickets are $10 at the door. Donations can be mailed to Cops for K.O.P.S. c/o the Derry Township Police Department, 620 Clearwater Road, Hershey, Pa. 17033.

O'Rourke urges attendees to drive safely given the threat of winter weather on Saturday.

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