ABINGDON, Va. -

In honor of fallen Southwest Virginia law enforcement officers, fire fighters and other public safety officials, Food City presented a check to the Virginia Public Safety Foundation.

The ceremonies were held at the new Food City Corporate Support Center in Abingdon.

“It’s fitting to have a lasting tribute to Southwest Virginia’s fallen public safety officials and we wanted to play a small part in honoring their service and dedication to our great Commonwealth,” said Steven C. Smith, Food City President and Chief Executive Officer.

Virginia Public Safety Foundation was created in 1993 by the merger of the Virginia Silver Star Foundation, which provided scholarship support to the survivors of police officers and fire fighters killed in the line of duty, and the Virginia Police Foundation, which gave grants to surviving spouses of police officers. 

Since its creation, VPSF has provided both line of duty death grants and education scholarships to the survivors of all public safety officers in Virginia who give their lives in service to their community.

Nearly 80 Virginia officers have been killed in the line of duty.  VPSF is currently raising funds to erect a memorial in their honor, to be located in Capitol Square in Richmond, VA.