Virginia Stories

Suzie Sawyer, Alexandria

(Nominated by Laurie Putnam)
May 16, 2011

Suzie Sawyer has dedicated 27 years of her life to serving our nation’s unsung law enforcement heroes; the families and co-workers of those left behind after a line-of-duty law enforcement death.  In 1984, Suzie co-founded Concerns of Police Survivors, an organization dedicated to providing resources to assist in the rebuilding of the lives of surviving families and affected co-workers of officers killed in the line of duty.  As the Executive Director from 1984-2011, Suzie built C.O.P.S. into a nationally recognized organization serving over 15,000 families. Because of Suzie’s unswerving positive, can-do attitude, survivors now have somewhere to turn for help in dealing with their, and advocate for understanding their benefits, and a place to go for peer support.  Suzie Sawyer is truly a hero to the thousands of people she has helped begin their journey down the road to hope.