In 2007, the unimaginable happened to Nancy Bonner. Her son, Glendale Police Officer Anthony Holly, was killed in the line of duty.
"Tony was always a very special young man," she told News/Talk 92.3 KTAR's Bruce St. James Show on Thursday. "I know I'm his mom, but anyone whoever met him agreed."
Holly joined the Air Force out of high school and, wanting to continue his service, joined the Glendale Police Department four years later. However, Bonner said his love had always been working with children.
"He was always very passionate about helping kids, even when he was young," she said, adding that Holly coached a Little League team while in the Air Force and was also a participant in the Big Brother/Big Sister program.
After Holly's death, Bonner decided to start the Anthony Holly Foundation, designed to help children around the Valley.
"Our biggest focus has been on needy kids," she said, adding that all funds donated to the foundation go to helping children build self-esteem and confidence. The foundation does not pay its workers.
Bonner said the foundation, through a program called Shop with a Cop, pairs a police officer with a child in need so the pair can spend time together. The foundation also funds field trips, zoo camps and other activities.
To donate to the Anthony Holly Foundation, go to anthonyhollyfoundation.org.