June 25--DURHAM -- A special screening of Heroes Behind the Badge, a 2012 documentary film featuring men and women of law enforcement who put their lives on the line and survived, as well as those who made the ultimate sacrifice.
"It's a powerful, moving film," producer, Bill Erfurth, said.
Erfurth said he was formerly an officer with the Miami Dade Police Department in Florida.
While on the job, he had the opportunity to work on some well known movies being filmed in the area, such as the Bad Boys movies and with CSI producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
"That kind of opened the door," he said.
His feature, which runs a full 90 minutes and was released in 2012, already has a sequel filmed and features Craig Floyd as co-producer. Floyd is chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF), a nonprofit organization established in 1984 to honor the service and sacrifice of America's law enforcement officers.
"No one has ever done a feature of officers killed in the line of duty," Erfurth said, adding that every 54 hours, an officer is killed in the line of duty. He said 250 officers are killed each year.
In the feature, several line of duty deaths and survivals are followed as story lines along with the effects of the loss or experience with their families and spouses.
"It's a very powerful and moving film," he said.
He said the goal of the documentary is to change people's attitudes and perceptions of the sacrifices made by law enforcement officials.
"We've done phenomenally well," he said.
Erfurth said there has been overwhelming positive feedback to his film.
"This response has been tremendous," he said.
Within the world of law enforcement, the film has taken on a life of its own.
It's made people change the way they police, he said, and added some officers have even said it has saved their lives.
In Texas, Gov. Rick Perry has mandated the film be viewed by every training police academy across the state.
In both the first film and its sequel, actor Vincent D'Onofrio, of Law and Order fame, acts as narrator.
The film will be screened at 7 tonight with a large local police presence at the Memorial Union Building on the University of New Hampshire campus. The screening is open to the public
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