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UPDATE: After this story aired, the department was able to raise $7,600 - four times what they expected. If you want to find out more, visit http://bit.ly/Vv9ize.

That is the case for family and friends of Lakewood Officer Jim Davies. He was mistakenly shot and killed by another Lakewood police officer in November.

This weekend his fellow officers organized a hockey tournament to raise money for the Davies family and to remember a friend.

IN THE RINK

Once you're a part of this group, it doesn't matter where you've come from, you're a team. Always.

People in this rink are from Lakewood Police Department, Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and the U.S. Attorney's office.

"Doesn't matter what the department is, they're all brothers out there," said Tammi Carroll, the wife of one of the players from the Sherriff's office.

The brothers, the teams, lost one in November - Officer Jim Davies.

"It means a lot to the Davies family and all the teams that have come together," said Lakewood Police Chief Kevin Paletta.

The officers gathered Friday for a weekend-long hockey tournament to help raise money for the Davies' family. He left behind a wife and two small children.

"This is one way that our hockey players can contribute, contribute their time, contribute their money, really help out a family that's lost a lot," Chief Burns said.

This is a way to blow off steam and grieve, the way tough guys can.

"Hockey being a team sport truly brings everybody together," said Officer Ty Countryman, a spokesman for the Lakewood police Department and a member of the hockey team. "This is a great outlet for all of us. It's for a great case, for Jim and his family."

The team did great Friday night. Tying the game. The game everyone played for "Jim and his family."

"He was a great cop, a great father and a great husband and a great friend," Countryman said. "You put all that together and that's the reason we're here."

If you'd like to help officer Davies' family, a fund is set up at the Foothills Credit Union, 7990 W. Alameda Ave.

You can also contribute online.

The Jefferson County District Attorney's office will decided whether criminal charges are applicable in the shooting of Officer Davies.

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