KINGSVILLE, Texas — Last November, Kingsville police officer Sherman Benys was fatally shot in the line of duty.
“He would have retired in April 2021, but he chose to stay,” said Vicki Benys, his widow. “He felt the Kingsville Police Department, that’s where he needed to be, he wanted to be there. So he actually stayed, and then it happened in November.
Vicki Benys pinned the badge to her husband’s chest in 1998 when he graduated from the police academy.
“Over the years, he became the most well-known [in the community], because he was the one protecting them,” she said. “He was here for so long, so he became very well known. So it really hit the community hard when it happened.
In the months following her husband’s death, Vicki Benys spoke with KPD leader Ricardo Torres, asking how she could give back to the local law enforcement community.
“I asked the chief several times what he would have suggested, something that we could give back in order to help and support our police officers, who risk their lives every day to ensure our safety,” she said. declared. “I mean, you never know what the next call will be, and not only have they supported us, but you have to keep doing your job.”
She said her family has received a lot of support over the past year.
“[Tuesday] It was actually when he got shot, a year ago, and everybody had a tough day, we were all reaching out, trying to comfort each other, because it was tough,” she said.
The decision made by Vicki Benys and her family was to create a non-profit organization in honor of her late husband. This week 81’s Heroes will be launched, 81 comes from Beys badge number, heroes are those he served with.
“It wasn’t easy, but we got through it, and that, just being busy, doing that, it helped us heal, trying to heal, we’re healing,” Vicki said. Benys.
81’s Heroes will provide assistance with equipment, training, advice and other immediate challenges to first responders.
Vicki Benys said starting the nonprofit helped her through the grieving process.
“I know every time I get that lump in my throat, where I feel like it’s going to choke me, I just think about what I need to do to prepare myself,” he said. she declared.
On Friday, the Coastal Bend Blood Center will be at the Kingsville Police Department for a blood drive in honor of Sherman Benys.
On Saturday, the inaugural “Golfing for our Heroes” golf tournament will take place at LE Ramey Golf Course in Kingsville. The tournament is a 2 person scramble, with an entry fee of $75 per person, hole sponsorships are available for $200. Contact Ben Benys at 361-522-4158 or [email protected] for registration or sponsorship details.
Annual subscriptions for 81’s Heroes are available for $81/month. A lifetime membership is available for $810. Members will receive an annual decal to show their support for nonprofits, and founding members will receive a commemorative challenge coin. Memberships and one-time donations can be made through the 81’s Heroes website.