FOND DU LAC - Law enforcement officers are willing to put their lives at risk daily and now a documentary called "Heroes Behind the Badge" has been completed to provide an inside look at those dangers.
Fond du Lac police officer Ryan Williams talks about the night he was shot freely, in vivid detail. He says it helps him heal.
"It's like therapy. I call it my therapy. I tell it over and over again and it gets that story out there and it helps me relive it, but it's not a bad thing. It's a good thing," Williams told FOX 11.
Williams was shot in the line of duty during a standoff in March 2011. His fellow officer Craig Birkholz was killed that day. Now their story is featured alongside several others like it in "Heroes Behind the Badge."
"It's almost like we have an unspoken bond with these other officers," said Williams.
It's a bond film producer and former police officer Bill Erfurth says few can understand.
"Ultimately the goal here is to change the general perception of the public toward greater respect and appreciation of law enforcement," Erfurth told FOX 11.
Thursday night, people of Fond du Lac got a special showing. This story was chosen out of hundreds of others nationwide.
"It was such a tragic event that happened, but it also showed how a town could rise up again and how we could overcome such terrible things," said Williams.
Erfurth told us Williams represented his community well.
"Ryan Williams emerges in this documentary as the star... Ryan's amazing. He's great in it," said Erfurth.
But Williams told us he'd rather the attention was on Birkholz.
"It's driving me, because I want to make Craig's death mean something. I want people to remember him," said Williams.
The reason Williams shares his story so freely.
A portion of the proceeds from Thursday's showing went to the Fond du Lac Boys & Girls Club where Williams and his police dog visit.
And half of proceeds from the sales of "Heroes Behind the Badge" DVDs go to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. Click here for more information.
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