HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT)-- It's no secret that in some communities across the country, tensions are high right now between police officers and the people they serve.
A local organization that supports Alabama's officers, called Wounded Blue, is dedicated to helping those officers when they need it most.
Friday, Wounded Blue celebrated a milestone-- their first annual benefit dinner. They wanted to raise money to continue their mission of aiding and encouraging law enforcement who are injured in the line of duty.
"We want to make sure that they're taken care of and they're not forgotten," said Freda Muncey, the organization's founder.
One of the speakers at the event: Officer Brandon Smith, hit by a drunk driver while responding to a car wreck.
"I woke up in the hospital," he said.
Wounded Blue has helped 10 people since they began in 2013, including Officer Smith.
Smith, and the organization's founders, ask for community support and understanding as law enforcement go about their work.
"Step up to the plate and support these men and women who serve you so unselfishly," said Muncey.
"Try to see things from the other point of view," said Smith. "Some people get offended at our approach sometimes but every officer in the country, if you ask them what their number one goal is, is to go home safely."
"The vast majority of our men and women in law enforcement are fabulous, honest, hardworking people and we owe them a huge debt of thanks," said Luther Strange, Attorney General of Alabama.