Code 9 Officer Needs Assistance Meets Their Fund Raising Goal

Thank you to all of our readers and congratulations to Deborah Louise Ortiz and everyone involved in the “Code 9 Officer Needs Assistance” film project. The producers have reached their $25,000 fund raising goal five days early. This will allow them to move forward with the completion of the film.

The film is being produced to help law enforcement officers survive the rigors of their very stressful careers. This powerful documentary explores the darker side… of law enforcement as it documents the stories of police officers and their families who are now suffering the mental anguish of the careers they chose, which has led some to suicide.

You can see the trailer for the film on our site by CLICKING HERE

Here is a message sent out by Debbie who we interviewed a month ago on Her message says it all and gives you a first hand account of what our law enforcement families are going through.

“I was at work and very busy when we reached our goal and I thought I was about to explode with sheer joy. Thank God for cell phones because I have no access to computers and my phone was my only link to what was happening. I got off at midnight and got into my car and cried. The tears I cried tonight were tears of gratitude, tears of joy and tears of a community. You see, the tears I usually cry are those made from pain.The last ten years have been hard for my family.My husbands battle with PTSD has allowed fear, hopelessness, chaos and despair into our daily lives. I didn’t understand what was happening, how to help him or how to save our family. I wanted to give up and then I became aware of what was happening to him and I wanted to learn more. The more I learned, the angrier I became. I couldn’t believe that there were so many of us going through the same thing and nobody seemed to care. I love my husband and I just couldn’t turn my back on him no matter how hard he has tried and still tries at times to push me away, There is a good man underneath my husbands pain that wants so desperately to learn to live life again. To be mentally sound. We can not turn our backs on our officers and their families. We have to believe that there is hope and a way out from under the rubble. So this is what I KNOW for this film:

I KNOW that the stories will be told truthfully

I KNOW that we can make the world aware of what our police officers must endure on a daily basis.

I KNOW together our voices will be heard.

I KNOW change is coming and with that change all officers will be given the tools they need in order to take charge of their mental well being with out feeling shame or weak.

I KNOW that the departments will have to take a long hard look at what has not been working and start programs that will ensure that officers are mentally taken care of.

I KNOW we will honor those who have died and hopefully witness the day that the names of the officers who have lost the battle with PTSD will be placed on the Law Enforcement Memorial Wall

I don’t know how I know, I JUST KNOW.

The tears I cried tonight were welcomed tears!


Congratulations Debbie and everyone at Dangerous Curves Productions!

This amount of money will help them get the project moving but they could always use more.  If you still want to help you can still make a donation by CLICKING HERE

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John Marx was a Police Officer for twenty-three years and served as a Hostage Negotiator for nineteen of those years. He worked as a patrol officer, media liaison officer, crime prevention officer and burglary detective. Also during his career he served as administrator of his city's Community Oriented Governance initiative through the police department's Community Policing project. Today John combines his skills to consult with businesses about improving both their security and their customer service programs. John retired from law enforcement in 2002. When one of his friends, also a former police officer, committed suicide at age 38, John was devastated and began researching the problems that stress creates for police officers. He decided he needed to do something to help change those problems and he wanted to give something back to the profession that gave him so much. He started a project that has evolved into Put simply, the mission of CopsAlive is to save the lives of those who save lives! gathers information, strategies and tools to help law enforcement professionals plan for happy, healthy and successful careers, relationships and lives.
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  1. Hi Larry,
    Thanks for your comments. I can’t speak for the producers of the film about why they titled it as they did, but you can reach them directly by following the links in the article.

  2. Sounds like a great documentary and I can not wait to get my hand on it, but why call it Code 9? Other agencies use 10-33. I have been serving for 28 years and have never heard of Code 9. I have heard all about PTSD. Its a plague. Why not use a more universal term like Officer Needs Assistance.

  3. Great job way to go! Love that you got it done and we love the cops alive postings and stories at Purple Heart Charity cafe Inc!

    ———-Kandle Jones

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