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(KCEN) -- Bell County is dealing once again with the death of a police officer, the fourth in less than a year. 

Saturday people came together to support the law enforcement community and help the families of two of the officers.

The roughly three-hour concert was put on by a local law enforcement motorcycle club, The Posse LEMC here in central Texas. And it wasn't the only officer bike club at the Harker Heights Event Center.

People came from around Texas to support their Bell County family.

It's been nearly six weeks since Killeen Police Officer Odis Denton was shot while serving a search warrant.

"It's been a challenge," Denton said at the "In the Line of Duty" benefit concert Saturday.

He's doing better, using a cane to help him walk, and he's thankful for the support over the long days.

"Big family, big family," he said of his central Texas community, "all look out for each other and just take care of each other.”

The weekend benefit showed how much his community cares. 

“How can you not play these kind of shows, you know?” said Scott Lathwood, lead singer for headlining band Silvergun out of Dallas.

Three bands (Silvergun, Black Water, and Ill Caretta), playing for free, brought together by a group of law enforcement officers.

"If it's a little bit of money that helps them out in a pinch, it's something to help," said John Ivey, president of The Posse LEMC.

The money raised goes to aid in Denton's recovery. It also goes to the family of Killeen PD Det. Chuck Dinwiddie, who was killed in the same incident that wounded Denton on May 9.

“Having dealt with it becomes an even deeper drive to show that you care," said Robert Clawson, an officer with the Austin Police Department, who also lost a close friend in the line of duty a couple years ago.

Some of Clawson's officer bike club came up from Austin to support the cause.

It's all part of a deeper drive to make sure their sacrifices aren't forgotten.

“They're actually putting their life on the line for you," said Rodger Young, a Gatesville resident who spent 40 years working for both the Houston Police Department and for the state of Texas.

Four officers in Bell County have died over the past year in the line of duty. The show comes just two days after Little River-Academy Police Chief Lee Dixon was gunned down on the job.

“It sort of brings us back to reality of you know every time we put that uniform on, we might not come home to our families," said Ivey, himself a current police officer in Gatesville.

And if that happens, those families need as much support as they can get.

“The positives we can draw out of it is this money is going to the families and it's helping them out,” Lathwood said.

It's not just financial help; it's showing the people behind the badge that central Texas stands behind them.

“This is what I wake up in the morning to do my job for, the people ... that care about what we do and make the community safe," Officer Denton said.

The motorcycle club has put on these benefits here in central Texas in the past.

They're planning to meet with city leaders in Little River-Academy to see how they can help the family of Chief Dixon.

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