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Golf tournament to benefit fallen officers' families

CAPE GIRARDEAU COUNTY, MO (KFVS) -

Dozens came out to The Artisan Contracting Charity Golf Tournament on Monday, Oct. 5 to help families who lost a loved one with the Missouri Highway Patrol.

The Missouri Association of State Troopers Emergency Relief Society is a nonprofit organization that assists with funeral expenses, loan payments and other bills for families that had a person with the Missouri Highway Patrol that lost their life.

It also provides scholarships for officer's dependent children.

People began teeing off at the Cape Girardeau Country Club on Monday.

"Just to know that there's this many people that support law enforcement that specifically support the masters," Missouri Highway Patrol Sgt. Clark Parrott said, "that is something that I hope my family never has to use. But that this many people care about law enforcement is just overwhelming."

Recently, a couple months ago, the Missouri Highway Patrol lost a trooper in Troop F in a traffic crash.

Parrott said it's something that hits too close to home anytime a brother losses his life.

As the people swing away on the golf course, it's not the best score that's on peoples' minds, but they say it is the ones who lost their lives. The golfers say they are making sure they do their part to help ease the family's suffering.

The MASTERS was formed in 1979. Since then, they have lost 31 officers, and have helped out numerous families financially.

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