Five Finger Death Punch again showed their support for law enforcement officers on Tuesday, when they cut a $95,000 check to an organization that helps the families of fallen law enforcement officers.
“Unfortunately, every 58 hours a police officer who believes in something sacrifices everything and dies in the line of duty,” guitarist Zoltan Bathory wrote in a Facebook post.
“We've had the privilege to work with veteran and police organizations for years,” Bathory continued.
“Our chosen charity - C.O.P.S. [Concerns Of Police Survivors] helps and benefits the families of our fallen heroes in blue,” he said.
“Today we are making this donation as a token of our respect and gratitude to those who committed to protect and serve, to those who signed up to bravely hold that thin blue line between 'civilization as we know it' and 'lawless savagery and chaos.'”
"C.O.P.S. is grateful to be the recipient of such a generous donation from Five Finger Death Punch,” C.O.P.S. Executive Director Dianne Bernhard told Loudwire. “We not only appreciate their amazing musical talent, but their support for surviving families and co-workers of America's law enforcement truly sets them apart. Thank you on behalf of over 47,000 survivors!"
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 also hosts a yearly conference and provides training for law enforcement agencies on how to respond to the loss of a fellow officer.
In June, Bathory announced that the heavy metal band planned to donate a portion of ticket proceeds from their “And Justice for None” tour to the organization.
“On this next tour, we are donating a portion from every ticket sold to an organization called C.O.P.S.,” Bathory told Loudwire at the time. “Basically, it’s for the families of fallen police 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 explained. “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--king 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.’”
“These guys, they go to work and realize they might not come home. They sign up for that and that is respectable,” Bathory said.
Five Finger Death Punch’s summer tour with co-headliner Breaking Benjamin was so successful, the bands decided to pair up for another run this fall, according to their website.
The fall tour, with special guests Bad Wolves, In Flames, and From Ashes to New, kicks off in Louisville, Kentucky on Sep. 29.