A group of police officers who have been injured or disabled in the line of duty during their careers and who are now able to help others do so without hesitation – out of a sense of service, duty and loyalty to others like them. .

The Wounded Blue, a 501c3 group founded five years ago, “provides peer support for injured and disabled police officers,” Randy Sutton said in a recent interview with Fox News Digital, speaking by phone from Las Vegas, where the nonprofit group that he founded (thewoundedblue .org) is headquartered.

“My entire team is cops who have been beaten, run over, screwed over and screwed over,” said Sutton, a 34-year veteran of law enforcement. “They came out the other side and still continue to serve – some of them in wheelchairs, some who have been blinded, some who have been seriously injured or disabled in other ways.”

The reason they stay involved, he said, is “service to others.”

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“After being injured in the line of duty, it is a very, very lonely path – and that lonely path can lead to suicide. They know how important it is to reach out to others who have been through similar circumstances,” Sutton said.

Wounded Blue aims to improve the lives of injured police officers through educational efforts and legislation in their name.

The difficulties involved in current law enforcement work are not deterring the volunteers of Wounded Blue, an all-volunteer group of former police officers and law enforcement officials. They remain committed to helping others who need them and who can benefit from outreach and education, the group's founder told Fox News Digital. (Celal Gunes/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

It's an extremely difficult time to be a police officer in America, Sutton told Fox News Digital.

For example, the recent “brazen attack on NYPD officers by illegal immigrant gang members is a symptom of a broken criminal justice system in New York City,” he said.

“Not only was this mob sufficiently empowered by the knowledge that there would be little to no consequences for their actions,” he told Fox News Digital, “but this was actually proven when all but one were released without bail,” he said. . added.

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“As this attack was captured on video and the video has gone viral, great attention has now been paid to the failures of the leadership of the prosecutor's office and [the] city ​​and state [leaders] who enacted these policies,” Sutton said.

The Wounded Blue recently received strong charitable support from a number of country music stars.

He added: “Unfortunately, the reality is that unless voters change their elected leadership, these policies and laws will continue to embolden criminals and continue the public safety crisis in New York City.”

He also said, “Last year, more than 60,000 American police officers were physically assaulted in the line of duty.” Nearly 400, he also said, “were shot last year and many of them suffered life-changing injuries.”

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The Wounded Blue “works to provide personal support to the men and women who serve or have served proudly behind the badge.” Shown here is one of the ongoing conference sessions offered by the group for those who have served others in law enforcement. (The Wounded Blue)

He said attacks “continue to increase as the consequences of these attacks diminish.”

The difficulties and challenges involved in law enforcement work, however, do not deter Wounded Blue volunteers, he said.

Volunteers are committed to helping others who need them and who can benefit from outreach and education.

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Recently, the organization received strong charitable support from a number of country music stars to help America's injured police officers.

“People told us afterward that because of this conference they realized they had options other than suicide.”

Those who have volunteered to help the organization and those it serves include The Oak Ridge Boys, Reba McIntire, Blake Shelton, George Strait, Miranda Lambert, Kid Rock, Dierks Bentley, Chris Young, Jamey Johnson, Aaron Lewis, Gabby Barrett and others . Toby Keith, who recently passed away, also participated.

The stars recently autographed a number of Epiphone guitars for a fundraising effort in early 2024.

Wounded Blue's Peer Advocate Support Team is made up of current and former law enforcement volunteers. To date, Sutton said, the group has touched the lives of more than 14,000 law enforcement officers in this country.

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Law enforcement veteran Randy Sutton founded The Wounded Blue, which helps injured and disabled police officers. The group's annual National Law Enforcement Survival Summit, held every fall, addresses a wide range of police well-being issues. (Fox News)

“Through programs like interactive support and peer outreach or our Code 4 Total Wellness system, our organization works to provide personal support to the men and women who serve or have served proudly behind the badge,” the group states on its website.

The all-volunteer group, Sutton said, “is doing this to value others… They know how important it is to let other people who have been through similar circumstances know that there are ways to help them. There are people who care.” We really are all in the same blue family line.”

“We help in many different ways, not just peer support. We help people get into treatment.”

Said Sutton: “We help in many different ways, not just peer support. We help people get into treatment.”

The group hosts an annual training conference called the Annual Survival Summit every fall in Las Vegas.

“This encompasses all aspects of surviving a law enforcement career,” Sutton said, “including physically, emotionally, psychologically, spiritually and financially.”

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A thin blue line flag, signaling support for law enforcement, is displayed. “There are people who care. In fact, we are all in the same blue family line,” said Sutton of The Wounded Blue. (STEFANI REYNOLDS/AFP via Getty Images)

He noted that it is “intense and long-lasting – people tell us afterwards that because of this conference they realized they had options other than suicide.”

Sutton added: “In this time of cancel culture in America, where law enforcement has been so disrespected, the recent large group of country music stars who have said, 'Enough is enough, let's show our respect and our support,' has been a Great morale booster for us and all police officers.”

Sutton will soon release a book on the topic called “Rescuing 911: A Fight for America's Safety.”

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“I feel so passionate about it,” he said. “I have watched the degradation of our law enforcement community for years and it is heartbreaking to see.”

Sutton was born and raised in Princeton, New Jersey. After graduating high school, he joined the Princeton Borough Police Department at age 19, becoming one of the youngest officers in the state, according to his website.

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A group of Wounded Blue volunteers, supporters, and others are shown during one of the group's peer programs; Randy Sutton, founder of Wounded Blue, is on the far right. (The Wounded Blue)

He served the city for 10 years, then joined the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department – ​​serving there for nearly 24 years and retiring as a lieutenant.

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Sutton won several life-saving awards during his service, as well as exemplary service awards, community service awards and a medal for valor.

Anyone can learn more about Wounded Blue and the organization's work on its website, TheWoundedBlue.org.

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