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Annual basketball tournament raises money for families of fallen law enforcement

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OLATHE, KS (KCTV) -

The Olathe Police Department sponsored the sixth annual Cy Middleton Memorial Basketball Tournament Saturday – this year's event is raising funds for three area law enforcement families.

The players participating in the eight teams said it's a very competitive tournament with huge bragging rights on the line, but that's not as important as the money they'll raise for fallen officer's families.

"My family lost my son in December, it's very, very nice of all these wonderful people to come out and do this for all these families. We appreciate it so very much," Joy Beery said.

Joy Beery's son Randy Beery died in December in a car wreck. He was a major with the Wyandotte County Sheriff's Office.

"Randy left a wife and four kids," she said. "None of us wanted to lose anyone, but it's good to see there's a family of people around everybody."

Randy Beery was being remembered Saturday along with two Topeka, KS, officers, Cpl. David Gogian and Officer Jeff Atherly, who were shot and killed in December.

"There's so many people out here and we appreciate it so very much. It means a lot that they're remembered and they want their families taken care of," Joy Beery said. "Randy had played in this event and so had my other son Bob. They both played in it for other officers in the past."

The tournament started six years ago after Olathe Officer Cy Middleton lost his battle with leukemia. His wife Mikki Middleton returns to Olathe North High School, where the event it held, every year.

"It's so important to us to give back to the people who helped us so much when we needed it and just show support for the other families. It's a good way to stay involved because it was so important to Cy," she said. "It's exciting that everyone comes out year after year and great to see people sometimes you only see once a year."

Sgt. Brian Wessling with the Olathe Police Department runs the Cy Middleton Memorial Basketball Tournament. He says it's critical to make sure families who've lost loved ones know they have support.

"It goes to pay medical bills if they have those, also goes for kids' scholarships for college. The families can use it however they want, but it usually goes to their children," Wessling said. "It's a very important day to know we can give back to our brothers and sisters and help them out in their time of need. This tournament has created a lot for the moral support. When these families show up, they see us all here to support them."

The event, which also includes a bake sale, silent auction, BBQ lunch and more, usually raises anywhere from $6-$7,000, but organizers said they hope to raise over $10,000 this year.

They were successful. About $12,000 was raised including $5,000 from McCarthy Auto Group.

Donations can also be sent to:

Cy Middleton Benefit Fund
C/O Enterprise Bank and Trust
P.O. Box 1500
Olathe, KS 66051

If you want to donate click here for more information.

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