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June Newsletter

Our team at Back The Blue NC hopes that everybody had a fun and safe Independence Day! Thank you to our First Responders who worked during July 4th!

As we began the month of June, we mourned with the Wake County Sheriff's Office the loss of K9 Santos, just months after the loss of K9 Deputy Ned Byrd. On May 26th at approximately 12:30 am, K9 Santos and his handler responded to a call to assist Knightdale Police Department in locating a suspect. During the search, Santos was shot and succumbed to his injuries despite emergency vet treatment.

On June 14th CEO Lindsay LiCausi and North and South Central Liaisons Tammy Richards and Theresa Carver attended the memorial ceremony for K9 Santos of the Wake County Sheriff's Office. It was a beautiful ceremony celebrating and honoring the life and service of K9 Santos, with various departments in attendance to pay their respects. Santos had served the Sheriff’s Office since 2016, making him the agency’s longest serving K9. He lost his life performing the duties that he loved alongside his beloved handler. Continue to hold his handler and the Sheriff’s Office in your prayers

If you would like to assist the Wake County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit please donate through our GoFundMe at

100% of donations made will be given to the Wake Co. SO K9 for the purchase of a new K9, equipment, or however they see fit to successfully and safely perform their duties. Every dollar and share counts!

On June 27th we recognized National PTSD Awareness Day which recognizes the effects post-traumatic stress has on the lives of those impacted by it.

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) has a profound effect on the lives of those who suffer from it. The statistics alone are staggering, but can only tell a portion of the story. The trauma and anxiety associated with PTSD is a constant burden, inseparable from the sufferer. It was once a condition that was attributed only to returning combat veterans, but more and more the condition is diagnosed in those who have experienced violent crime or lived through catastrophic events. According to PTSD United, 20% of adults in the United States who have experienced a traumatic event suffer from PTSD.

The observance not only strives to bring awareness to the public but to also educate and eliminate the stigma associated with PTSD. Many of those with PTSD don’t seek treatment. Sometimes they simply fear the labels attached to PTSD. However, with support and understanding, we may all better understand the signs and provide better care.

If you or a loved one need help you can email our confidential Chaplain at or text 988 to reach a mental health counselor.

Please watch and share our latest commercial featuring the Father of Fallen Officer Ryan Hayworth (Knightdale PD, EOW 10/17/2021) endorsing our 10-33 Assistance Program. We are so grateful for his time and testimony and will continue to honor Ryan Hayworth and all other Officers who made the ultimate sacrifice.

To assist the families of the fallen by becoming a monthly donor visit

Special thanks to our Digital Media Specialist Gary Ushino for producing this video.

Additionally we are still running our summer sale!

Right now get 20% off all items in our shop at Just use code SUMMER20 at checkout!*

*Not applicable to monthly 10-33 Assistance Program subscription

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