TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning honored Cindy Roberts as the 13th Lightning Community Hero of the year during the first period of tonight’s game against the Ottawa Senators. Roberts, who received a $50,000 donation from the Lightning Foundation and the Lightning Community Heroes program, will donate the money to C.O.P.S (Concerns of Police Survivors), Gold Shield Foundation, Frankie’s Friends, Tampa Crossroads, and Tampa Bay Regional.
Triumph over adversity explains the story behind tonight’s Lightning Community Hero. In August 2009, Roberts was faced with the death of her husband, Corporal Michael Roberts of the Tampa Police Department, while he was on the line of duty. Having experienced the grief of losing a loved one and consequently taken on the new role of a single parent, Roberts decided to make her story a testimony to other police survivors that there is hope to make it through. She became involved with Concerns of Police Survivors (C.O.P.S), a national organization providing resources to help rebuild the lives of surviving families and co-workers of police who have died in the line of duty.
Roberts was recently named President of the organization’s West Central Florida Chapter last year. In her role as President, she serves over 300 surviving families across Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Citrus, DeSoto, Hardee, Manatee, and Sarasota counties. Roberts is dedicated to growing the chapter and ensuring that surviving families are provided with the proper support needed after experiencing a loss in the line of duty.