Metroplex Concerns of Police Survivors
PO Box 701
Mansfield, TX 76063
2012 – 2013 Executive Board
Karen Freeto, S/2006
My husband, Officer Dwayne Freeto, had worked for Fort Worth PD for just 9 short months when I received the knock on the door the early hours of December 17, 2006. I was in no way prepared the hear what the officers that were at my door told me. They said Dwayne was involved in an accident and didn't survive. At that very moment, my life changed and a wave of emotions went through my body like no other and the one that took over was shock. Our girls were 3 and 9 at the time and I was forced to be a single parent, something I hadn't signed up for when we got married almost 11 yrs prior.
C.O.P.S. has helped me in so many ways, from understanding my grief and realizing that there are others out there that feel the SAME WAY I do! What a relief that was! I can only hope that I can make a difference in someone's life like all my fellow C.O.P.S. members have made in mine, both locally and nationally.
Fort Worth Police Department
Theresa Lozado, S/2008
Theresa Lozada is the Widow of fallen Dallas Senior Corporal Victor A. Lozada, Sr., who was killed in the line of duty in a motorcycle accident on February 22, 2008 while providing a dignitary escort for then US Senator, Hillary Clinton, presidential candidate. Senior Corporal Lozada was transported to Methodist Central Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. Senior Corporal Lozada had served with the Dallas Police Department for 20 years. He left behind his wife, four children, mother, and six siblings.
Theresa volunteers with Metroplex C.O.P.S. and is honored to serve as one of its Vice Presidents. She also volunteers to speak to all Dallas police academies about benefits, volunteers with the Parents on Patrol program at the middle school her youngest son attends, and volunteers at her church.
Ashlee Hardy, S/2007
On July 7, 2007 my world was forever changed as I knew it. My husband, Wes Hardy, was killed in motor vehicle accident while pursuing a speeder. I had no idea that that morning would be the last time we kissed and hugged and said I Love You. I lost my husband, my best friend, my soul mate and my girls lost their daddy. I was lost and I didn't know where to turn or how to move forward. For years I felt stuck and like I was in a fog. Then in 2010 another widow reached out to me and suggested that I attend a Spouses Retreat thru C.O.P.S. I was looking forward to a break from reality but wasn't looking forward to reliving that horrible day with all these new people.
It has been 5 years since my husband was killed and I am so incredibly grateful that my dear friend, Teresa Nava-Salazar, talked me into going to Spouses. I haven't missed a year since. Words cannot express what C.O.P.S. has done for me and my girls. We have also attended Kids Camp the last 2 years. The girls look forward to it every year. It is the one week out of the year where they feel normal and they get to be kids!!
I am excited to start a new chapter in my life as I serve and help others. I hate that I won't be the last widow to walk thru our doors, but I know that C.O.P.S. has done great things for my family and I want to make sure that when a new survivor comes to us we can help them to heal and rebuild their lives.
Plano Police Department
Jo Ann Jackson, S/2005