CREATED May. 13, 2013
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - It's National Police Week, a time to honor law enforcement officers who have made the ultimate sacrifice.
Tucson Police Officer Erik Hite died in the line of duty almost five years ago.
In the year following his death, Nohemy Hite struggled to attend the ceremonies for her husband.
She says over time she realized going was part of the healing process.
"And to know that there's so many families, unfortunately, that know exactly what I'm feeling and what I'm going through," Nohemy said.
"Being a single mom and being a law enforcement family, I knew all of these non-traditional hours that inspired me to open a child care," she said.
The Erik Hite Foundation offers affordable child care exclusively for parents in uniform, police officers, airmen, sheriff's deputies and Border Patrol agents.
"It's a huge asset to the public safety community," said Bill Bonanno, president of the Tucson Police Officer's Association.
Bonanno knew Hite because both officers worked on the east side of town.
"I'm sure he's looking down on us and he's very proud of his wife and what she's done with this center," Bonanno said.
"Throghout his whole career and his whole life, he inspired me to serve," Nohemy said.
And through his wife's work, Erik Hite is still serving our community today.
This past Saturday the foundation hosted its fourth annual Fallen Officer Memorial Softball Tournament to raise money for the child care center.