RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- The nonprofit Back the Blue NC donated $1,400 to the Wake County Sheriff's Office in honor of deputy Ned Byrd, who was shot and killed in the line of duty last year.
The nonprofit said it raised a total of nearly $7,000. After donating to the Ned Byrd Fund and creating gift baskets for Wake County Sheriff K-9 officers, the group had $1,400 leftover to give to the Wake County Sheriff's Office K-9 unit.
"When we came up with the idea of a scholarship, we posed that to his sister and uncle and they were all for it. And that is just it's extremely exciting because allows us to keep his name going. It'll be the Ned Byrd scholarship for anyone that wants to go through basic law enforcement training," Gadi Adelman with Back the Blue NC said.
Back the Blue NC is also starting up a scholarship fund at Wake Technical Community College in Byrd's name for anyone wanting to go into law enforcement.
"You have the support from these groups and they're willing to do this. It really pumps your spirit forward and it reminds you of why you got into law enforcement, even though times may be tough," K9 handler Travis Carroll said.
Byrd was shot four times last August while investigating suspicious activity in eastern Wake County.
Two brothers are now facing murder charges.