Five Finger Death Punch Announces Plans To Back Families Of Fallen Officers

Guitarist Zoltan Bathory praised police and their families for their commitment - and for their sacrifices.

Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory voiced his support for the Thin Blue Line during a recent interview, and announced that the heavy metal band plans to donate a portion of their upcoming tour proceeds to an organization that helps the families of fallen law enforcement officers.

“I personally look at [the police] and think they are special people who deserve the respect and I don’t know that the general population understands what they go through,” the Hungarian-born guitarist told Loudwire. “I feel that they are not getting the respect that they deserve.”

Bathory noted that many people fail to recognize the life-and-death risks that law enforcement officers take every day.

“Realistically, we’re not living in a world where everybody’s got flowers and smiling and are peaceful or [singing] ‘Kumbaya,’’ he asserted. “So, for those who realize this is not reality, you have to accept that each city has a police force, and they are really that thin blue line, that thin layer of ice on a deep ocean of f - - - - - g chaos, and savagely things can happen to them.”

Bathory commended those who have chosen to protect and serve, even when some members of society fail to recognize their sacrifices.

“There are certain people who will sign up and do this job,” he said. “I don’t have to look at my girlfriend and you don’t have to look at your family and think, ‘This could be my day.’”

“It could be a bad traffic stop or if you’re in the military, it could be a mission that goes sideways,” Bathory continued. “We don’t think this way, but for these guys, they go to work and realize they might not come home. They sign up for that and that is respectable.”

Five Finger Death Punch also recognizes the sacrifices of law enforcement families and has vowed to provide support to those who fallen heroes leave behind.

“On this next tour, we are donating a portion from every ticket sold to an organization called C.O.P.S.,” Bathory said. “Basically, it’s for the families of fallen police officers.”

The Concerns of Police Survivors organization, which was established in 1984, provides peer support, scholarship opportunities, children’s camps, counseling services, and support through trial and parole processes, according to the C.O.P.S. website.

The organization, which is comprised of over 47,000 survivors, also hosts a yearly conference and provides training for law enforcement agencies on how to respond to the loss of a fellow officer.

Five Finger Death Punch’s “And Justice for None” tour kicks off in Auburn, Washington on July 16, according to the band’s website.

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rover77
rover77

they have been very supportive of the military over the years so this is a good thing

Jones24
Jones24

Thank you

LEO0301
LEO0301

I wish more celebrities had the courage to come out and support the police like this band has. Nice going guys.

LordSeamus
LordSeamus

Y'all Rock ! Thank you for this , and your years of support of our military as well.

hboyd63167
hboyd63167

I support this band even more now.. Especially if they are giving back to Veterans and Fallen Law Enforcement. I am a daughter of a veteran.. and currently employed by Denver Police Department - Civilian.

Mrs10
Mrs10

Wow! Thanks so so much from a police wife!

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

Wow, I hope your message goes out far and wide, you are correct sir, LEO'S and the military don't know if they will come home every day.......

cmsutter
cmsutter

Thank you from the Kentucky Chapter of COPS!

FortheDonuts
FortheDonuts

FFDP are great guys, they've been supporting Veterans and LEOs for a long time.

bjeanhill
bjeanhill

Thanks - from a mom survivor of a fallen deputy!

chipmunk541
chipmunk541

I wish more civilians could see what an officer (military or LEO) deals with on a daily basis, what they see and feel every minute of the day and to know how it feels to wonder if this is the day I don't come home. Next, I wish they could understand how hard it is to be a spouse or a child of an officer...not being able to live a life where you can put blinders on so they don't see the bad things in this world. A large portion of society has gotten the "fuck da police" mentality but will not hesitate to dial 911 when they need help.....then bitch because the response time was not quick enough for them (due to the shortage of staff due to lack of money they budget the departments). Finally, the thought that officers do this for the money and benefits...……..I can't say that I have ever met a person that would willingly put themselves in a life or death situation for $16 per hour.....unless they were a hero.

Border411
Border411

Was always one of my favorite bands, and now I like them even more! I am a police officer and on my PSU for many years now. I work Police Week every year to help out the families and coworkers of fallen officers. FFDP---you are freakin amazing!

FALLEN FAMILY
FALLEN FAMILY

THANK YOU from the widow of a fallen officer!

tomnstephc
tomnstephc

FFDP, you guys rock in more ways than one! As a police officer for 22 years myself, the sister of an officer of 25 years and the wife of an officer for 30 years, your support of police officers is appreciated more than words can say...I also appreciate your support of the military! My son served in the US Army as a 19D Cavalry Scout...he was deployed to Afghanistan.... I freaking LOVE your music! So much of it seems related to military or could also relate to law enforcement...either way, what you guys stand up for, will make me a fan forever! You guys are Patriots! God bless you, your music and what you stand up for!! You have an honorable band! Much love!