New Mexico family turns tragedy into lifesaving training

Posted at: 03/25/2013 6:27 PM
By: Joseph Lynch, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Photo: James McGrane
Photo: James McGrane

Seven years ago this month BCSO Deputy James McGrane was killed in the line of duty. His parents started an "Officer Survival Training" in his name to keep cops like their son safe.

"It's always in my heart and always in my mind." "Yeah, we'll never forget that. That cold March morning." It's still hard for Jim and Rita McGrane to talk about seven years later. The loss of 'their Jimmy'.

The McGranes spend the year holding fund raisers and events to help pay for the "Jim McGrane Officer Survival Training". The turnout this year: 500 officers from all over New Mexico. Even veteran officers like Captain Gary Hall from Valencia County Sheriffs see the value.

"Always good to have a refresher. And the new officers coming out this gives them a closer hands on training that they actually get to benefit from. Another family suffered through a tragedy- this is really an eye opener for the very new officers we have coming out of the academy," Hall said.

The training includes how to be on the lookout for hidden weapons, roadway safety, and strategy on the street; tools to help an officer if they find themselves in a crisis situation.

Rita McGrane finds helping the other officers to be therapeutic.

"Anything that we can do to help them helps us to keep going at our loss."

In Memory of a lawman that New Mexico and the McGranes lost. James McGrane thinks it's a great tribute to Jimmy.

"When we see these officers in here and see their faces and they come out and thank you and hug you, it's rewarding. It helps. It helps us keep going."

KOB Eyewitness News 4 wants to let you know one way you can help the McGranes. If you eat at any Golden Corral on March 25th or 26th, tell the cashier why you're there. 10% of your check will go towards next year's Street Survival Training.