On February 20th, Officer Justin Billa with the Mobile Police Department was shot and killed in the line of duty.
In 2016, Officer Billa was interviewed by FOX10 News. He shared, “We need to go back to helping people instead of just taking them to jail and creating bigger problems,” Billa said at the time. “That’s my ideal of good policing and I feel like that’s what the chief is working towards.”
His wife, Erin, is bravely continuing Officer Billa’s commitment to helping others. Not even two months after his death, she has jumped into action starting the The Justin Billa Memorial Foundation. We connected with Erin for this week’s #WonderWomanWednesday.
“On February 20 of this year my husband, Officer Justin Billa, was killed in the line of duty. From the beginning I’ve felt God tugging at my heart that I had to do something. That even though Justin was taken far too soon from me here on earth his name and his cause still had more work to be done. That was when I came up with the idea for The Justin Billa Memorial Foundation. Through this tragedy my small community in Mobile, Alabama has shown love and support to me in ways I could never imagine. There have been event after event to honor Justin. One of my goals with this foundation is to keep up the events that will mix first responders and the community to continue this positive relationship between the two. Justin also kept toys in his car for kids and that is why we came up with the idea of Billa Bears. These bears will have a little tag on them that says who Justin was and will bring joy to kids through Justin’s brothers and sisters in blue . Lastly, I want the spouses and families of other first responders killed in the line of duty to feel the love I have felt from all over the United States. Starting off we will send flowers to the spouses and families but eventually we would like to send monetary donations as well. I miss my husband terribly but I know that this is God’s calling on my life now.”
Please join us in lifting up Erin as she carries forward her husband’s life of service.