Country icon helps Alaska police

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) Country music legend John Conlee gave a concert to benefit the Alaska Peace Officers Association and also collected funds for Wounded Warriors.

    Proceeds from the concert go towards police charities and scholarships

    President of the Capital City Chapter Sgt. Shawn Phelps of the Juneau Police Department said he appreciated the support from the community for this event, "Its great to have the support of the community to help out law enforcement. Some communities are having a rougher time than we are.  We are very glad that the community watches out for us and the extra eyes and ears are helpful."

    The concert occurred on Police Memorial Day.  129 police officers lost their lives on duty in 2017.

    Conlee said he put on a performance over 20 years ago in Juneau.  He performed many of his hits like Common Man, Domestic Life, Only in it for the love, Friday Night Blues, Lady Lay Down, and Rose Colored Glasses.

    Conlee also played a tribute song for law enforcement called Walkin behind the star.  It was written 20 years ago but no one would record it, "Our law enforcement folks have been under such vile attack, particularly beginning three to four years ago, up to and including being assassinated, we had the album ready to go, found the song, and put in on the CD.  It is now the state song for the Tennessee Fraternal Order of Police and we've gotten to perform in dedication to our law enforcement.  We cant do enough for them."

    Sgt.Phelps said they have done concerts for decades now.  "It's been a long tradition.  It allows us to provide scholarship to young folks that want to get into the law enforcement profession.  I'm glad we are able to do this."

    One of Conlee's first jobs was as an announcer at a radio station.

    Sgt. Shawn Phelps audio

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