Spouses of law enforcement officers create support group

Published: Jul. 19, 2016 at 9:04 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 20, 2016 at 10:59 AM EDT
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SUMTER, SC (WIS) - When police officers hit the streets, families are left behind to worry but a Midlands organization is setting out to change that. It's called The Women and Wives Behind the Badges of Sumter County and it was created nearly a year ago.

The organization was created in October by three women whose husbands are Sumter County deputies.

Felisha Dukes, Katy Ardis, and Jennifer Mays said the group serves as a support system to other wives and their husbands. For the women, it's showing that you're not alone when worrying about your husbands while they're patrolling the streets. For the husbands, it's about showing you are appreciated and your family has your back.

In light of the recent shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge, the women say they appreciate the organization more than ever.

"Being in contact with everyone just makes things much easier," Dukes said.

"We can't get a hold our spouses, we can't talk to them, so just having that person, you know, within our group to be able to speak with helps," Ardis said.

There are more than 60 women with the organization. Members include wives of Department of Natural Resources officers, city police, and the sheriff's office.

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