Support group for wives of law enforcement officers reaching out after BPD sergeant killed

Support group for wives of law enforcement officers reaching out after BPD sergeant killed

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham Police Chief Smith asked for prayers for Sgt. Wytasha Carter’s wife and children in a press conference Sunday evening.

We spoke with a local group that’s focused on being that support system for wives of officers here in Jefferson County.

Sgt. Carter’s death is a sobering reminder of the sacrifice these officers make every day for our safety.

Jefferson Women Behind the Badge
Jefferson Women Behind the Badge

And now, it’s his family and his wife who arguably need those prayers and love the most right now. And that’s where this support group comes in.

It’s called Jefferson Women Behind the Badge.

“It’s hard. This is our worst nightmare. It’s what we pray every day that doesn’t happen,” said founder April Hutchins.

Police Sgt. Wytasha Carter was killed while on duty early Sunday morning in Birmingham.
Police Sgt. Wytasha Carter was killed while on duty early Sunday morning in Birmingham.

Sgt. Carter was killed while protecting his community - something that he loved. It’s a constant concern for wives and families of law enforcement officers.

“I don’t know if tomorrow he’s going to go to work and he’s not going to come home,” said Hutchins.

That’s why she created a support group for women who call themselves the pink behind the thin blue line.

“We try to come together once a month to sit and just be together,” she said.

The people in the group help provide an understanding that no one else can.

April Hutchins
April Hutchins

“They work crazy shifts,” said Hutchins about her husband and other officers. "At times, we’re doing family things alone. And just to have the support there is great.”

Now, Hutchins and other wives are offering their support to Sgt. Carter’s family and to all wives of law enforcement officers.

“Times are difficult, and we’ll continue praying for the family,” she said. “Anyone who’s interested or needs any support, we’re here, our ears are open, we’re easy to talk to, and we would love to help you any way that we can.”

To learn more about Jefferson Woman Behind the Badge, click here to visit their Facebook page.

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