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Parents Of Slain Police Officer Create Group To Help Families Cope With Loss

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Richard and Patricia Hale lost their son, Paul, a Raleigh police officer. They want to help other families deal with the loss of a loved one in the line of duty.(WRAL-TV5 News)
RALEIGH — The parents of a Raleigh police officer, killed in the line of duty, are now working to help others deal with the same kind of loss.

Richard and Patricia Hale say the death of their son, Paul, in 1997 was their darkest hour. They decided to set upThe 200 Club of Wake County.

The Raleigh detective was killed while trying to arrest a murder suspect.

"Our son's life was dedicated to making a difference, and we felt that we wanted to make a difference in a positive direction," says Richard. "We wanted to give back to people who give to us on an everyday basis."

The non-profit group will give financial help to families of a Wake County public safety officer killed in the line of duty.