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Police officers square off against former Titans

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LAVERGNE, TN (WSMV) -

One hundred eight law enforcement officers have died in the line of duty across the United States since January. Saturday, folks in La Vergne paused to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for their communities.

It's been a year since they last hit the gridiron, and the players had a score to settle.

Game faces on, officers with the La Vergne Police Department faced off against former Tennessee Titans like Brad Hopkins. But there was a whole lot more than a ring riding on this game.

"We've had several officers need help over the years," said Detective Kevin Stolinsky.

The department held its fourth annual Football Fundraiser Saturday teaming up with the former Titans, and selling burgers and drinks to raise money for Police Philanthropic Projects. The group honors fallen officers and the families they left behind.

"I'm not sure I would trade places with a lot of those guys - the eminent danger they face on a regular basis," Hopkins said.

"It's not just about what we do but what we do for each other ... if we have an officer that needs help, whether it's paying a light bill to getting a divorce, and he needs some help," Stolinsky added.

This was Stolinsky's third year participating. He dedicated this year's game to fallen officer and friend Jeremy McClaran.

Stolinsky recalled, "He got killed three years ago. He was with Spring Hill PD - he and I went to Academy together."

Jackie Bible's fiance is on the force. She drove all the way from Clarksville for the game.

"For the Titans to come out, that shows a lot," Bible said.

The money raised will also buy toys for needy kids and go to programs to help at-risk teens.

As for the score, the former Titans won 45 to 13, which is an improvement over last year when the officers didn't even get on the scoreboard.

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