CHARLOTTE, NC (WJZY) - Officer Olin Lester isn’t just hopping in the pool for a quick dip, he’s swimming for his brothers.
“He was my brother, I loved him to death," Lester said.
Lester and other member of CMPD’s SWAT team are jumping in the water, swimming a total of 34 miles, to raise money for the children of two CMPD police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty.
One of the officers was on the SWAT team with Lester for years.
“This is emotional for me, it's personal to us, we take a lot of pride, and how we serve the community," Lester explained.
CMPD Officer Sean Clark was killed back on April 1, 2007, and Officer Fred Thornton was killed on February 25, 2011. Both men left families behind, protecting the people of Charlotte. Something Officer Lester thinks about every time he responds to a call.
"I kiss my girls - I think this may be the last time I see them," Lester said.
The training is rigorous for the Honor Swim which will take place on May 18 at Lake Norman. The officers are getting ready for a 34 mile swim, in the potentially cold elements of the lake.
But to give back to those who gave up so much, is priceless.