TASER Foundation Issues Challenge to Support Fallen Heroes Campaign

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz., The TASER Foundation has launched its annual fund-raising drive for the families of law enforcement officers who have been killed in the line of duty.

TASER has agreed to match donations dollar for dollar up to $100,000. A group of major supporters has also committed to match donations up to the $100,000 level by Dec. 31. As a result, each dollar donated can actually mean three dollars going to the families of fallen heroes.

Since TASER bears all the administrative costs of the foundation, 100 percent of the donations will go directly to the families of fallen officers.

Established in November 2004, the TASER Foundation for Fallen Officers has distributed almost $800,000 to more than 160 families in the United States and Canada.

The foundation provides benefits to families in the United States and Canada from federal, state, county and local law enforcement organizations. In addition, its program is designed to fill the gap between an officer’s death and when pensions and other benefits begin.

In most cases, a grant request is processed within 24 hours of receipt.

Families may use the funds for whatever they need. Some families have used the funds to help pay funeral expenses; others have established education scholarships for children, while the family of Kennesaw Police Officer Tara Drummond is using the funds to build a memorial park in Paulding County, Ga.

Grants are available only upon request by chiefs of police and sheriffs, as well as federal law enforcement executives, in the name of officers killed in the line of duty since Aug. 1, 2004. The Foundation’s mission is to honor the service and sacrifice of local and federal law enforcement officers in the United States and Canada lost in the line of duty.

The Foundation can accept both cash gifts and gifts of appreciated assets such as stock. Giving appreciated assets can yield additional tax benefits.

For further information, contact Gerry Anderson, executive director of the TASER Foundation at [email protected] or call (602) 326-6176. Visit the TASER Foundation Web site at www.taserfoundation.org for facts and video.

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