Essential Pittsburgh
2:15 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Heroes Behind the Badge: Documentary Sheds Light on the Life of a Pittsburgh Police Officer

Pittsburgh police officer James Kuzak and his girlfriend Chris Okulanis.
Pittsburgh police officer James Kuzak and his girlfriend Chris Okulanis.
Credit HeroesBehindtheBadge.com

Saturday night Drusky Entertainment is presenting the Pittsburgh premiere of Heroes Behind the Badge, a documentary that tells the stories of two officers who paid the ultimate price, as well as the stories of three severely injured officers.

One of those officers is patrolman James Kuzak, who was shot five times after responding to a home invasion call in the city of Clairton.

Brian Drusky of Drusky Entertainment has timed the showing such that it arrives three years after Officer Kuzak’s incident and five after the death of three Pittsburgh police officers. 

Kuzak encourages all to see the film. He says the documentary sheds light on the many facets of police life, and what it's like to live with a gun shot injury.

“I hope they come to see the movie so that they understand that the police officers you see in the uniform isn’t that person you fear, isn’t that person you need to be worried about, but is someone you need to look up to and say ‘thank you.’ And to see that this is something they may have to deal with or their family may have to deal with. They may not come home and if they do come home injured, this may be the life they have to lead.”