Sandusky State Theatre hosts film; tribute to Dunn

In a tribute to Sandusky police Officer Andrew Dunn, the public is invited to view a documentary about officers killed in the line of duty in 2011.
Jessica Cuffman
Jan 10, 2013
"Heroes Behind the Badge" is a film produced by a former Miami Metro police officer after two of his best friends were killed in 2011, said Sandusky police Lt. Robert Vanscoy.

"It's a documentary film featuring men and women of law enforcement that have met some pretty hard encounters, and some that didn't survive the encounters," he said.

"It really just touches into the stories of what happened, how it happened, and the aftermath of it," Vanscoy said.

Dunn, shot and killed on March 19, 2011, is listed at the end of the film as an officer who died in the line of duty.

"We decided it would be a nice tribute to Andy to bring this here," Vanscoy said.

Before showing the film, bagpipers will perform, the Cleveland police department will present the colors and the National Anthem will be played.

Sandusky police officers will also present a wreath in honor of Dunn. After the film, Dunn's father and retired Sandusky police Officer Matt Dunn will speak.

"We want the community to be able to come see this with us, to support us. To see a little bit of what it's like to be a cop," Vanscoy said.

"I think it will be good for the community as a whole," he said.

Tickets are on presale at the Sandusky State Theatre and the police station.

Half the proceeds will go to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund. The rest will benefit the children's program at the theater and the Andrew Dunn Memorial Fund with the Fraternal Order of Police.

Want to go?

WHAT: "Heroes Behind the Badge" documentary

WHERE: Sandusky State Theatre

WHEN: 4 p.m., Sunday

How much: $10 per ticket in advance, $15 at the door, with 50 percent of proceeds going to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund.




Yea I called you trashy and thats still up there. Rickross-1 thugnut2511-0


Some of you seem to be a bit rough on lugnut. This is America and you may not like or appreciate his comments but he does have the right to make them. IMO, the movie is a good way to support the organizations mentioned. Some are so touchy when it comes to Dunn. I hope the family is doing well and moving on the best they can.

Julie R.

* Best comment: deertracker

Thurs. 01/10/2013 - 11:43am


It was just a ill placed comment. If you have a problem with people raising money for a certain cause, just dont donate. Simple. But to get on here and spout off about the families finances and to not even had read the article before commenting is out of line. So I think that the people who do care about the Dunn's should be able to show their support as well. Its all about freedom of speech. I excercise my rights daily.

Second Opinion

I agree Deertracker.


Thanks Deertracker, Im not trying to be disrespectful in anyway. As I to hope the family is doing well. My post states that as well, I do have compassion im not trying to be a hateful person. I post my comments like anyone else does. I know some of the family in fact, im friends with some. My feelings were subjected to the benefits is all.

Sit n Spin

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Julie R.

Where in Huron? Not that it's any of my business, I'm just curious.


Watch out, you'll be on the attack list next..

Julie R.

Doesn't bother me in the slightest.


Lol I was referring to sit n spin,, see what happened? lmao

Sit n Spin

Whatever....I really don't care....Attack all ya want...Sometimes people can't handle the truth and it hurts, so be it...she can do whatever she wants with all that $$$, hopefully she doesn't squander it and there will be some of it left for those boys when they get older. As for the ex-cop I mentioned before the post was removed...that's another story in itself :)


I wasn't attacking you at all Sit n Spin, you know where im coming from. The Dunn children n Family are compensated well from the benefits they receive..

Sit n Spin

I know you weren't, my apologies if it seemed written that way. There is sooooo much more to this than meets the eye. If everyone knew the specifics they would be shaking their heads also...the beat goes on.


I personally would not go to the event but nothing to do with any money going or not going to the Dunn family. I would gladly make a contribution. My not going is this whole thing is so hard to see again. I just tears at your heart to see it. I can only imagine what the Dunn family has been thru and going thru living in the house where he was etc. The wholde incident you just pray never happens again in Sandusky or anywhere in this country to any police officer and family.

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The tt

Port Clinton did this at the end of November. If the Register were on top of things, they would have published something about that event well before the day of. How is Sandusky getting a lesser billing on something already done in this area news again?


you people need to grow up in sandusky. if you read where the money goes then you would not make stupid comments like you have made. this is a noce thing the state theater is doing. so if you choose not to go so be it. but do not make sorry comments like you make in trying to keep others from going to this. i have had a grandpa and uncles that where police officers and now a cousin that is. i respect the men in blue and what they do for us.if it was one of your family members you would like all this done in honor of them to. as for second opion no there is not a movie made about those people but you know what you go do a police offiers job a firemens job and see what they have to go through. i feel sorry for others that get hurt or killed in the line of duty to but these people protect you night and day with out them what do you think your city would look like. as far as officer dunn keep your mouyth shut tried of the negitive talk about him or his family.why don't you people worry about more inportant things than this. worry about how to help stoop the violence in sandusky. how to keep the kids safe. how to make sandusky once what it used to be.


So does the armed forces and you see how they are being treated for protecting us so we can sleep at night. Whats doing done for them?


What exactly is the Andrew Dunn Memorial Fund through the FOPand were does that money go, please?

Jessica Cuffman

The memorial fund's full name is the Andrew S. Dunn Memorial Scholarship Fund. It is a new program put together by the FOP, and the funds are to be awarded to individuals who want to attend police academy to become police officers, per Lt. Vanscoy who provided the Register with further clarification about the fund this morning.

31 Fountain

Officer Dunn had a job to do enough is enough .let’s look at our fallen soldiers. We work longer hrs We are in more hostile conditions than any cop and when we fall its one day funeral and it’s over. This guy isn’t no super hero he didnt save the life of 10 of his men nor did he do anything out of his job description.




what i would like to know is if they are going to have a heros gone wild at the state theater as well featuring some of the stupid crap the cops do and then have enough nerve to arrest someone and belittle them for doing the same thing they are doing but the difference being they hide behind the badge! lets have a nice follow up of the way they drive ,steal girl scout cookies and that just to scratch the surface! lets all piss of the dock and use a police car to take our kids to school and pick them up while the cities money is being used.we are paying for that!


I attended this event yesterday. Had any of you, I'm sure you would have taken something positive from it. It was a much broader message than what was written in this article and the film was very well done. SPD stepped up and brought this to our community in efforts to help show a side that many don't see. Nothing in this film was to take away from any soldier or anyone else for that matter. It simply showed a perspective and shared a message of awareness. Personally, I could have spent $10 on a bad meal. This will stay with me much longer. @ 31 Fountain: perhaps you could work on bringing something like this here about our soldiers. I would gladly spend the $10 to see it.


Having always been a supporter of area law enforcement, I could not wait to view this film. As I sat through the movie I noticed that nobody was moving, talking, or leaving thier seats on a regular basis. You could have heard a pin drop most of the time as there was a pause in the testimonials of the featured officers. This film had no actor re enactments, no fake scenery, and was in full fact. Many scenes were actual footage of police shootouts and flat out murders. At the end of the film, there was a question/answer session. ONe elderly woman asked if it was possible to show this movie to high school students in this area, so they may earn a better respect for the police. She had a very good point. I would like to add that the movie should be watched by the editor of this paper, along with his mini-me that is the city reporter. Both are in need of a good awakening. In light of it all, this will be the last post that ole Cityslicker makes. After last night, I refuse to associate, or spar with most of the people on here that love to find fault with the police of this area.


We all have epiphanies at times. Wish you well with your's.

hmm really

I agree with Cityslicker. I think this needs to be played in high schools... and I wish anyone that doesn't have respect for law enforcement could watch this.