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The North Carolina PBA and the PBF establish fund for fallen Asheville PD Sergeant Jonathan Rikard

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2nd Annual “Rock 4 the Cops” Benefit Concert Announced – An Evening With Scotty McCreery and Cassadee Pope

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The Police Benevolent Foundation and South Carolina PBA aids families of Columbia police officers affected by flood

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The Police Benevolent Foundation is set to aid the family of deceased Meridian Police Officer Luke Castillo

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Town, police department to hold glow run Saturday

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Law enforcement seminar addresses officer stress

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Successful fundraiser in honor of Deputy Clinton Frazier

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The Police Benevolent Foundation is set to aid the family of fallen Union County Sheriff’s Deputy Clinton Frazier

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The Police Benevolent Foundation is set to aid the family of fallen Eupora Police Officer Keith Crenshaw

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Fallen PBA member Kenny Fox honored at the Tennessee Fallen Firefighter Memorial service

On Saturday, September 7th 2013, the Tennessee Fallen Firefighter Memorial service was held at the Tennessee Fire and Codes Enforcement Academy to honor firefighters lost in the line of duty. At this service Kenny D. Fox, a 20-year veteran of the fire service and PBA member who served as the President of the Natchez Trace Chapter, was honored.
“In 2012, we mourned the loss of Fire Chief Kenny Fox, a 20-year veteran of the fire service. Chief Fox of Station #3 in Decaturville of the Decatur County Volunteer Fire Department, died from injuries sustained when the roof of a burning bar and grill collapsed upon him. A true hero, Chief Fox pushed two of his fellow firefighters from the building just before the roof gave way. Today, we honor the life of Chief Kenny Fox by adding his name to the memorial so we will always remember his legacy and so we will always remember that he gave his life to save others,” said Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak.
Chief Fox, of Station #3 in Decaturville of the Decatur County Volunteer Fire Department, died from injuries sustained when the roof of a burning bar and grill collapsed on top of him. A true hero, Chief Fox pushed two of his fellow firefighters from the building just before the roof gave way. Kenny was not only a firefighter, but a police officer. He was a member of the P.B.A. and served as the President of the Natchez Trace Chapter in Tennessee.
He was survived by his wife and 3 sons
“On behalf of Governor Haslam, the Department of Commerce and Insurance and the State Fire Marshal’s Office, I want to extend our deepest sympathies to the families of all fallen firefighters here with us today. Know that we cherish their memories through this memorial as important parts of our fire service history here in Tennessee. It is in the names of our brave, fallen firefighters that we come together. To the families of all fallen firefighters here today: As we observe the laying of the wreath and the reading of your loved ones’ names, know that the state of Tennessee holds dear both their sacrifice and yours. Thank you.  God Bless this great nation and state, and May God bless the men and women of our fire service and their families,” said Tennessee Department of Commerce and Insurance Commissioner and State Fire Marshal Julie Mix McPeak.
In the photos are his family:  Left to right, Dylan Dewayne, Michael Lee, his wife Deana Renae (Moore) Fox and she is holding Ethan Ray Fox.

The Police Benevolent Foundation is set to aid the family of fallen Atkins Police Officer Dolphus Schmelzla

The Police Benevolent Foundation, Inc. and the Arkansas Division of the Southern States PBA are rallying behind the family of Atkins police officer Dolphus Schmelzla who died from injuries he sustained in a motor vehicle accident while on his way to work on Thursday, August 29, 2013.Officer Schmelzla had over 20 years of law enforcement experience and was a valued member of the Atkins Police Department.  Dolphus was a great officer who will be missed tremendously by the Atkins Police Department, as well as other surrounding law enforcement agencies.

The Police Benevolent Foundation has established a “Benefit Account for Dolphus Schmelzla” at River Town Bank.  Donations can be made at any River Town Bank to assist in efforts to provide financial support to Officer Schmelzla’s family in this time of need.  Donations can also be made through the Police Benevolent Foundation’s website by clicking Here and be sure to designate the donation to the “Benefit Account for Dolphus Schmelzla.”The Police Benevolent Foundation is also taking donations via text message in memory of Officer Schmelzla. You can help Officer Schmelzla’s family by texting, “COPS DOLPHUS” to 85944.  A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill. Msg & data rates may apply. Available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile. Must be 18 or older and have authorization of account holder. Donations benefit The Police Benevolent Foundation, collected by Innogive Foundation. Subject to terms: igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to 85944 to stop; Text HELP to 85944 for help. 
The PBF is asking everyone to please pass this information along to friends and family. Officer Schmelzla’s family will need everyone to rally behind them during this difficult time.Arkansas PBA Division President Scott Hicks said, “Our thoughts, prayers, and support go out to Officer Schmelzla’s family during this difficult time.  This incident reminds us all of the dangers that law enforcement officers face and the community support that is needed for our brave men and women who protect us every day.”It is with a heavy heart that the PBF and ARPBA ask for the help of the community, both locally and nationally, to aid in efforts to provide much needed support to this officer’s family in this time of distress.
Officer Schmelzla’s funeral service will be held on Tuesday, September 3rd at 10am at the Restoration Church located at 2349 S. Elmira Ave. in Russellville, AR.  Visitation will be at Broussard Funeral Home on Monday, September 2nd from noon till 5pm. Broussard Funeral Home is located at 3323 E. 6th St, Russellville, AR 72802 and can be reached at 479-968-1143.

The PBF mourns the loss of Ashley Vincent, the wife of PBA member and law enforcement officer Matthew Vincent.

The PBF mourns the loss of Ashley Vincent, the wife of PBA member and law enforcement officer, Matthew Vincent. Ashley passed away in her sleep after visiting a medical facility with complaints of stomach pains. Our hearts go out to Matthew and their young kids (ages 3 and 1) who are left to rebuild their lives in the face of what will undoubtedly be a tough recovery. The Columbia Chapter of the South Carolina PBA is asking for donations to help ease the financial burden on Matthew and his beautiful children. If you would like to participate in the efforts, you may click on the link below and designate your donation to the the Matthew Vincent Family or by texting COPS VINCENT to 85944. A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill. Msg & data rates may apply. Available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile. Must be 18 or older and have authorization of account holder. Donations benefit The Police Benevolent Foundation, collected by Innogive Foundation. Subject to terms: igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to 85944 to stop; Text HELP to 85944 for help.

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Virginia Division hosts another successful PBF Behind the Badge Suicide Prevention Seminar

On July 16 2013 the Virginia Division hosted another successful PBF Behind the Badge Suicide Prevention Seminar.  Guest speakers Tim Rutledge and Jim Sewell,once again, did an outstanding job presenting this vital information to law enforcement professionals from the Central and Northern Virginia Area.
Glen Hoyer, Director of the Law Enforcement Division of the National Rifle Association, made it possible for us to hold our seminar in their beautiful auditorium, just one floor down from the famous National Rifle Association Firearms Museum.  Participants enjoyed a fine noon meal from the NRA Cafe located on site.
In attendance was House of Representatives member Delegate Charniele Herring.  Delegate Herring attended the entire seminar and reports that she gained much insight into the topic of law enforcement suicide and stress.
Please monitor the web site for information about upcoming seminars in your area.

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Sean McGowan, Jim Sewell, Delegate Charniele Herring, Virginia Division Presidnet Joe Woloszyn and Tim Rutledge

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The Police Benevolent Foundation is set to aid the family of fallen Scott County (AR) Sheriff Cody Carpenter

cody_carpenterThe Police Benevolent Foundation, Inc. and the Arkansas Division of the Southern States PBA are in mourning as one of their own, Sheriff Cody Carpenter of the Scott County Sheriff’s Office, died while trying to save two women from rising flood waters.  Sheriff Carpenter paid the ultimate sacrifice, and it is with a heavy heart that the PBF asks for the help of the community, both locally and nationally, to aid in their efforts to provide much needed support for this hero’s beneficiaries in their time of need.

An account has been established under the Police Benevolent Foundation called the “Sheriff Cody Carpenter Memorial Fund” at Chambers Bank.  Donations can be made at any Chambers Bank so that the public can assist in the efforts to provide financial support to Sheriff Carpenter’s beneficiaries.  Donations can also be made through the Police Benevolent Foundation by clicking the link below.Donations can also be made through the Police Benevolent Foundation by clicking the link below.  **PLEASE BE SURE TO DESIGNATE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE YOUR DONATION TO GO TO THE “SHERIFF CODY CARPENTER MEMORIAL FUND” IN THE DESIGNATION BOX ON THE DONATION FORM.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO THE “SHERIFF CODY CARPENTER MEMORIAL FUND”

The Police Benevolent Foundation is also taking donations via text for the “Sheriff Cody Carpenter Memorial Fund.” You can help by texting the phrase COPS CODY to 85944.

A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill. Msg & data rates may apply. Available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile. Must be 18 or older and have authorization of account holder. Donations benefit The Police Benevolent Foundation, collected by Innogive Foundation. Subject to terms: igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to 85944 to stop; Text HELP to 85944 for help.

The PBF is asking everyone to please pass this information along to friends and family. Sheriff Carpenter’s family will need all of us to rally behind them in these hard times.

We will be having a fundraiser at the 34th Annual Lum and Abner Festival in Mena AR on Saturday, June 8th from 8:00am till 6:00pm.  Here is a link on the festival:   http://www.visitmena.com/lumNabner.asp


The Police Benevolent Foundation and Arkansas PBA set to aid the family of fallen Faulkner County Sheriff’s Deputy Hans Fifer

The Police Benevolent Foundation, Inc. and the Arkansas Division of the Southern States PBA are in mourning for one of their own and rallying behind the family of Faulkner County Sheriff’s Deputy Hans Fifer. Deputy Fifer suffered a fatal heart attack after completing a SWAT training program.  Fifer complained of shortness of breath after completing a physical activity program that consisted of running, jumping and pushups. The shortness of breath turned into chest pains and he later collapsed.  Deputy Fifer was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.  Hans Fifer was a true hero and will be missed by all that knew him.

The Police Benevolent Foundation has established the “Deputy Hans Fifer Memorial Fund” at Regions Bank.  Donations can be made at any Region’s Bank through to the Police Benevolent Foundation’s account by designating the donation to the  “Deputy Hans Fifer Memorial Fund.” Donations can also be made through the Police Benevolent Foundation by clicking the link below.**PLEASE BE SURE TO DESIGNATE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE YOUR DONATION TO GO TO THE “DEPUTY HANS FIFER MEMORIAL FUND” IN THE DESIGNATION BOX ON THE DONATION FORM.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO THE “DEPUTY HANS FIFER MEMORIAL FUND”

The Police Benevolent Foundation is also taking donations via text message in memory of Deputy Fifer. You can help Deputy Fifer’s family by texting, “COPS FIFER” to 85944.  A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill. Msg & data rates may apply. Available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile. Must be 18 or older and have authorization of account holder. Donations benefit The Police Benevolent Foundation, collected by Innogive Foundation. Subject to terms: igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to 85944 to stop; Text HELP to 85944 for help. The PBF is asking everyone to please pass this information along to friends and family. Deputy Fifer’s family will need everyone to rally behind them during this difficult time.

Arkansas PBA Division President Scott Hicks said, “Our thoughts, prayers, and support go out to Deputy Fifer’s family during this difficult time. We are now calling on the community that he served to step up and help his family in their time of need.  Deputy Fifer was a true hero.”

It is with a heavy heart that the PBF and ARPBA ask for the help of the community, both locally and nationally, to aid in efforts to provide much needed support to Deputy Fifer’s family in this time of distress.

UPDATE:  Fundraiser on Monday, April 22, 2013.  The ARPBA will be taken donations at the Walmarts in Conway, AR on Monday, April 22, 2013
8am-8pm
Walmart 3900 Dave Ward Dr Conway (501) 328-9570
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Walmart 1155 U.S. 65 Conway (501) 329-0023

The Police Benevolent Foundation and Arkansas PBA set to aid the family of fallen Fifth Judicial District Drug Task Force Director Larry Johnson

johnsonThe Police Benevolent Foundation, Inc. and the Arkansas Division of the Southern States PBA are in mourning for one of their own and rallying behind the family of Fifth Judicial District Drug Task Force Director Larry Johnson. Director Johnson suffered a fatal heart attack while involved in a foot pursuit with a parolee in Clarksville, Arkansas. Director Larry Johnson was a true hero and will be missed by all that knew him.

The Police Benevolent Foundation has established a “Larry Johnson Memorial Fund” at Regions Bank.  Donations can be made at any Regions Bank through to the Police Benevolent Foundation’s account by designating the donation to the  “Larry Johnson Memorial Fund” Donations can also be made through the Police Benevolent Foundation’s website using the link below and designating that you would like your donation to go to the “Larry Johnson Memorial Fund.”  **PLEASE BE SURE TO DESIGNATE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE YOUR DONATION TO GO TO THE “LARRY JOHNSON MEMORIAL FUND” IN THE DESIGNATION BOX ON THE DONATION FORM.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO THE “LARRY JOHNSON MEMORIAL FUND”

The Police Benevolent Foundation is also taking donations via text message in memory of Director Johnson. You can help Director Johnson’s family by texting, “COPS JOHNSON” to 85944.  A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill. Msg & data rates may apply. Available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile. Must be 18 or older and have authorization of account holder. Donations benefit The Police Benevolent Foundation, collected by Innogive Foundation. Subject to terms: igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to 85944 to stop; Text HELP to 85944 for help.
The PBF is asking everyone to please pass this information along to friends and family. Director Johnson’s family will need everyone to rally behind them during this difficult time.

Arkansas PBA Division President Scott Hicks said, “Our thoughts, prayers, and support go out to Director Johnson’s family during this difficult time. We are now calling on the community that he served to step up and help his family in this very difficult time.  Director Johnson was a true hero.”

It is with a heavy heart that the PBF and ARPBA ask for the help of the community, both locally and nationally, to aid in efforts to provide much needed support to Director Johnson’s family in this time of distress.


Alabama PBF Tag Update

As we continue our efforts to obtain a state PBA tag, there has been some misinformation and confession concerning the application process for the tag and the membership fee.  Applying for a PBA tag is a simple process. Below you will find detailed instructions on how to apply and what needs to happen in order for the ALPBA to achieve our goal.

Go to your local tag registration office with your PBA membership I.D. card (contact SSPBA if you do not have a I.D. card or click here to login to your account online and request a new membership card) and ask for a “Distinctive Tag Application.”

Once the application is completed, you will be required to pay a $50.00 deposit. Be sure to keep your original receipt for your tag. The state will only except the original receipt once we reach our goal to 250 tags. PBA will be notified of all members who have purchased a tag.  Tags may be picked up at your local tag office.

If we do not reach our goal, all deposits will be sent to the SSPBA home office where refunds of your deposits will be sent back to you.

I hope this clarifies some of the confusion and misunderstanding with our tag issue. Please help the Police Benevolent Foundation with this important project, so Alabama can help families through our death benefit and scholarship programs.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your local chapter president or you can contact me directly at dscott@sspba.org. I’ll be glad to help you with a better understanding of this process and address any concerns you may have.

The Alabama Police Benevolent Association is offering its members the opportunity to purchase an official ALPBA license plate. The license plates are $50, and $45 of each tag purchase will benefit the Police Benevolent Foundation ($5 is deducted by the state for tax and administrative fees).  The Police Benevolent Foundation, Inc. is a tax-deductible 501(c)(3) organization established by the Southern States Police Benevolent Association and exists to help the law enforcement officers and their families restore normalcy after a tragedy.


Fellow Officers Helping Lynchburg Officer Fighting Cancer

The Blue Ridge Chapter of the Virginia PBA is set to aid fellow member Jordan Spaeth started with the Lynchburg Police Department several months ago, after working for three years with the City of Bedford Police Department. Jordan is originally from New Jersey, but came to Virginia to attend Liberty University, where he met his wife, Katie.

Jordan was recently diagnosed with cancer and the Blue Ridge Chapter wants to help him and his family in this time of need.  He is currently undergoing chemotherapy in Lynchburg, VA. Jordan and his wife, Katie, have elected to use Johns Hopkins University Hospital in Baltimore Maryland for any additional treatment, which is roughly a four hour drive from Lynchburg. The bills are going to start adding up for this officer and his family, so his fellow PBA brothers want to help.

When Jordan was diagnosed with cancer, he was scheduled for an immediate surgery. The surgeon found a second tumor that was removed at the same time. Although both tumors were removed successfully, there were still some causes for concern. So, the doctor had those tumors sent for a biopsy. Unfortunately, a recent CAT scan did not reveal the results that they had hoped. The scan indicated that the cancer has advanced into a lymph node in both his stomach and his chest. They are grateful that they didn’t see multiple lymph nodes effected, but at the same time concerned that it has already advanced into his stomach and chest.

Because of this recent diagnosis, Jordan’s wife, Katie, has decided that she will not be continuing her final semester of law school so that she can be with Jordan during his treatment.

Jordan and Katie and their extended family are extremely appreciative of all the support that everyone has given them thus far.

Jordan and Katie need help and the Blue Ridge Chapter of the Virginia PBA (through The Police Benevolent Foundation) will be collecting donations on Officer Spaeth’s behalf. You can go to any Wells Fargo Bank and donate to the Police Benevolent Foundation account designated for the Officer Jordan Spaeth Recovery Fund. You can also make an online donation through the PBF to the Officer Jordan Spaeth Recovery Fund by clicking the link below. **PLEASE BE SURE TO DESIGNATE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE YOUR DONATION TO GO TO THE “JORDAN SPAETH RECOVERY FUND” IN THE DESIGNATION BOX ON THE DONATION FORM.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO THE “JORDAN SPAETH RECOVERY FUND”

The VAPBA and the Police Benevolent Foundation appreciate your thoughtful donations to Officer Jordan Spaeth and his family in this time of need.  All donations and funds collected will be given to the Spaeth family to help them during these hard times.


The Police Benevolent Foundation to hold fundraiser for fallen Enterprise Police Chief Randy Boykin at area Lowe’s store

The Police Benevolent Foundation (PBF) and the Mississippi Police Benevolent Association would like to express its deepest sympathy and compassion to the family, friends and fellow law enforcement officers of Enterprise Police Chief Randy Boykin who was hit by a car while directing traffic outside of a local school and later died from his injuries on Tuesday, March 19th. Chief Boykin was a staple in the community and will be missed by all that knew him.
Chief Boykin paid the ultimate sacrifice, and it is with a heavy heart that the PBF asks for the help of the local community to aid in their efforts to provide much needed support for this deputy’s beneficiaries in their time of need.

Members from the East Central Chapter of the Mississippi PBA will be hosting a fundraiser at:

 

Lowe’s Home Improvement Store
100 15th Place South (near Bonita Lakes)
Meridian, MS
Saturday, March 30, 2013
7:00am to 4:00pm

Mississippi PBA Executive Director Tommy Simpson is encouraging all local citizens to come by and make a quick and easy donation to aid the survivors of Police Chief Randy Boykin.  All proceeds collected will go to the “Chief Randy Boykin Memorial Fund” which has been set up through the PBF at Regions Bank.

Donations can also be made directly to the “Chief Randy Boykin Memorial Fund” online through Police Benevolent Foundation by clicking the link below.  All online donations need to be designated to the Chief Randy Boykin Memorial Fund through the PBF’s donation page. Area residents can also make a donation by stopping by any area Region’s Bank through the Police Benevolent Foundation’s account designated for the Chief Randy Boykin Memorial Fund.  All donations made to this memorial fund are tax-deductible and 100% of the money will go to Chief Randy Boykin’s beneficiaries.

**PLEASE BE SURE TO DESIGNATE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE YOUR DONATION TO GO TO THE “CHIEF RANDY BOYKIN MEMORIAL FUND” IN THE DESIGNATION BOX ON THE DONATION FORM.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO THE “CHIEF
RANDY BOYKIN MEMORIAL FUND”

The Police Benevolent Foundation is also taking donations via text for the “Chief Randy Boykin Memorial Fund.” You can help by texting the phrase COPS BOYKIN to 85944.  A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill. Msg & data rates may apply. Available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile. Must be 18 or older and have authorization of account holder. Donations benefit The Police Benevolent Foundation, collected by Innogive Foundation. Subject to terms: igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to 85944 to stop; Text HELP to 85944 for help. The PBF is asking everyone to please pass this information along to friends and family. Chief Randy Boykin’s family will need all of us to rally behind them in these hard times.


The Police Benevolent Foundation and Mississippi PBA set to aid the family of fallen Enterprise Police Chief Randy Boykin

The Police Benevolent Foundation, Inc. and the Mississippi Division of the Southern States PBA are in mourning for one of their own and rallying behind the family of Enterprise Police Chief Randy Boykin. Chief Boykin was hit by a car while directing traffic outside of a local school and later died from his injuries on Tuesday, March 19th. Chief Boykin was a staple in the community and will be missed by all that knew him.

The Police Benevolent Foundation has established a “Chief Randy Boykin Memorial Fund” at Regions Bank.  Donations can be made at any Regions Bank through the Police Benevolent Foundation to assist in efforts to provide financial support to Chief Boykin’s family in this time of need.  Donations can also be made through the Police Benevolent Foundation by clicking the link below. **PLEASE BE SURE TO DESIGNATE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE YOUR DONATION TO GO TO THE “CHIEF RANDY BOYKIN MEMORIAL FUND” IN THE DESIGNATION BOX ON THE DONATION FORM.

CLICK HERE TO DONATE TO THE “CHIEF
RANDY BOYKIN MEMORIAL FUND”

The Police Benevolent Foundation is also taking donations via text message in memory of Officer Boykin. You can help Officer Wright’s family by texting, “COPS BOYKIN” to 85944.  A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill. Msg & data rates may apply. Available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile. Must be 18 or older and have authorization of account holder. Donations benefit The Police Benevolent Foundation, collected by Innogive Foundation. Subject to terms: igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to 85944 to stop; Text HELP to 85944 for help. The PBF is asking everyone to please pass this information along to friends and family. Chief Boykin’s family will need everyone to rally behind them during this difficult time.

Mississippi PBA Division President Chris Skinner said, “Our thoughts, prayers, and support go out to Chief Boykin’s family during this difficult time.  This incident reminds us all of the dangers that law enforcement officers face and the community support that is needed for our brave men and women who protect us every day.”

It is with a heavy heart that the PBF and MSPBA ask for the help of the community, both locally and nationally, to aid in efforts to provide much needed support to Chief Boykin’s family in this time of distress.

The Police Benevolent Foundation, Inc is a tax-deductible 501(c)(3) organization established by the Southern States Police Benevolent Association, Inc. (SSPBA) in 2005.  Established in 1987, SSPBA has been serving its membership for 20 years. SSPBA is not a union. It is an independent association with no national or international affiliations. The Foundation has a Board of Directors elected by the membership of the SSPBA. Foundation expenses are currently absorbed by Southern States PBA, making the Foundation one of very few such entities that gives 100% of the funds received to its intended purpose.

 


The Police Benevolent Foundation and Virginia PBA set to aid critically injured Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy

The Police Benevolent Foundation, Inc. and the Virginia Division of the Southern States PBA are rallying behind Alexandria Police Officer Peter Laboy who was shot on February 27th after making a routine traffic stop in Alexandria.  The bullet struck Officer Laboy in the head, critically injuring him.  Officer Laboy was flown to Medstar Washington Hospital where he remains in critical condition.

Peter Laboy is an Alexandria Police Officer with 17 years of experience and has been a PBA member since November of 2006. Officer Laboy has been on the Alexandria Motor unit for the past 6 years.  The Police Benevolent Foundation has established a fund titled the “Officer Peter Laboy Recovery Fund” to assist the Laboy family during this difficult time. Donations can be made to this fund by clicking the link below.

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You can also help Officer Laboy and his family by texting the phrase COPS LABOY to 85944.  A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile phone bill. Msg & data rates may apply. Available on Verizon Wireless, AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile. Must be 18 or older and have authorization of account holder. Donations benefit The Police Benevolent Foundation, collected by Innogive Foundation. Subject to terms: igfn.org/t. Privacy policy: igfn.org/p. Text STOP to 85944 to stop; Text HELP to 85944 for help. The PBF is asking everyone to please pass this information along to friends and family. Officer Laboy will need all of us to rally behind him during these hard times

According to Sean McGowan, Executive Director of the Virginia PBA, “Our thoughts, prayers, and support go out to Officer Laboy and his family during this difficult time.  This incident reminds us all of the dangers that law enforcement officers face and the community support that is needed for our brave men and women who protect us every day.”

It is with a heavy heart that the PBF and VAPBA ask for the help of the community, both locally and nationally, to aid in its efforts to provide much needed support to this officer in his time of need.  All donations made to the “”Officer Peter Laboy Recovery Fund” are 100% tax deductible and all proceeds go directly to the Laboy family.

The Police Benevolent Foundation, Inc is a tax-deductible 501(c)(3) organization established by the Southern States Police Benevolent Association, Inc. (SSPBA) in 2005.  Established in 1987, SSPBA has been serving its membership for 20 years. SSPBA is not a union. It is an independent association with no national or international affiliations. The Foundation has a Board of Directors elected by the membership of the SSPBA. Foundation expenses are currently absorbed by Southern States PBA, making the Foundation one of very few such entities that gives 100% of the funds received to its intended purpose.

 


The Bruce Potter Recovery Fund

In a blink of an eye life can change dramatically. That is exactly what happened on October 14, 2012 to Officer Bruce Potter and his family.  Bruce Potter, a City of Munford Police Department Reserve Officer since September 2008 and a United States Navy veteran, was diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer. He has undergone 5 weeks of chemotherapy and radiation that were not successful in shrinking the tumors. He has had major seizures and has lost the use of the left side of his body.  Officer Potter is now receiving rehabilitation for the partial paralysis at Health South Rehab Hospital in Memphis, TN.

Unfortunately, Bruce’s prognosis isn’t favorable. Bruce will leave behind a loving wife and two children (high school and college aged). Because of the mounting medical expenses and living expenses associated with his rehabilitation efforts, the Potter family is in dire need of support from the community.  His wife has remained by his side throughout his medical struggles and she has logged more than 3000 miles in travel to and from medical facilities.

Officer Potter and his family need help. The Potter family mortgage is $170,000 with an average of $400 a month in utilities, not to mention to numerous expenses for medical produces and traveling to and from medical facilities for treatments.

The Southern States Police Benevolent Association and The Police Benevolent Foundation will be collecting donations on Officer Potter’s behalf. You can go to any Region’s Bank and donate to the Officer Bruce Potter Recovery Fund. You can also make an online donation through the PBF and designating your donation to the Officer Bruce Potter Recovery Fund by clicking HERE.  To ensure your online donation reaches the Potter family, please be sure to set set the donation designation to the Officer Bruce Potter Recovery Fund on the donation page.

DONATE ONLINE NOW

The SSPBA and the Police Benevolent Foundation appreciate your thoughtful donations to Officer Bruce Potter and his family in this time of need.

Local Fundraiser Update:
The Home Plate Cafe’ in Munford, TN will be serving dinner and hosting a silent auction on the night of February 26, 2013 from 6PM-8PM.  All proceeds will go to the family and this event is sponsored by the Munford Police Department and Daly Auto Parts.


2013 Virginia PTSD Seminar Wrap-up

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The Police Benevolent Foundation’s first Behind the Badge Seminar for 2013 was held in Hampton, Virginia on January 25, 2013. The seminar was a great success and a great start for a new year. Sergeant Kristine Wright and staff of the Hampton Police Training Division were able to secure the Sandy Bottom Nature Park Center for our day of training. The police training staff and the staff of Sandy Bottom Nature Park saw that all needs of the eighty-five (85) attendees were met.

The seminar attendance was so good because the Police Training Division required attendance of personnel in special assignments and also sent out invitations to surrounding law enforcement agencies. Attendees, both sworn and unsworn came from the following agencies in Virginia: Hampton Police Department, Chesapeake PD, Virginia Beach PD, Newport News PD.

Jim Sewell, Ph.D. and Tim Rutledge, both former law enforcement officers and experts in the area of police stress and police suicides, provided the lecture for the day. Both provided personal examples of law enforcement personnel that exhibited signs of stress and provided ways to recognize stress and effectively deal with it. Both were given very high remarks during the evaluation process. Additionally, when questioned individually, the majority of officers indicated they wanted to see a peer support group that was not affiliated with their agency.

If you are interested in seeing this free training come to your area, contact Terry Nowell at tnowell@sspba.org or cell 678-333-4150.

 

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NC Police Benevolent Association Holding Two Raffles to raise funds for the Police Benevolent Foundation

The North Carolina Police Benevolent Association is currently holding two separate raffles for sports memorabilia items to benefit the Police Benevolent Foundation. Founded in 2005, the PBF is a 501 C3, and was created to help families that have lost a loved one in the line of duty along with other initiatives. 100% of the donated monies go to the intended purpose and are tax deductible.

The first item is a framed autographed Tyler Hansbrough jersey and picture. Hansbrough currently plays for the Indiana Pacers of the NBA. Hansbrough led the UNC Tarheels to the 2009 National Championship and he is the ACC’s all-time leading scorer. Hansbrough was a unanimous selection for the 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 Atlantic Coast Conference All Conference Team, 2006 ACC Freshman of the Year, and 2008 ACC Player of the Year. In 2008, he won the Wooden Award and was the National Player of the Year. His jersey (number 50) was retired on February 10, 2010 during a Duke-North Carolina rivalry game.

The second item is a framed autographed jersey of Josh Hamilton. The piece also includes two autographed Sports Illustrated covers. Hamilton currently plays for the Los Angles Angels of Anaheim and is a five time MLB All-star. He won the American League MVP in 2010 and is one of only 16 players to ever hit 16 home runs in a game.

Tickets are $5 a piece…or 5 for $20….or 10 for $30. You can enter one or both drawings The drawing is March 9th at 7:30 p.m. You do not have to be present to win. If you would like to purchase tickets please click on the following link. If you are a NCPBA member and would like to help the Foundation by selling tickets please contact NC Division President Randy Byrd @  rbyrd@sspba.org.

Click here to buy raffle tickets

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