AboutThe National Fallen Officer Foundation is a 501(c)3 police-support organization designed to assist the families of law enforcement officers killed in the line-of-duty nationwide. The National Fallen Officer Foundation's strategic mission is to: raise awareness about threats to officer safety, provide advocacy in support of "fallen officer" families, and to provide financial assistance to all impacted families. The National Fallen Officer Foundation will also provide education and support programs that encourage law enforcement and community engagement. The National Fallen Officer Foundation operates in an "exclusive" space considering that its services are offered free of charge; there are no membership requirements associated with receiving the benefit; nor will there be any restrictions placed on donations made to families.
Over the last five years, more than 800 officers have been killed in the line of duty. These tragedies have often left families devastated while faced with unanticipated financial hardships. Based on our experience with dealing with these crises, The National Fallen Officer Foundation was formed to help fill a necessary void. We understand that line of duty death benefits vary from state to state and oftentimes there are no funds available for immediate bereavement relief to assist with funeral preparation and/or other family needs.
The National Fallen Officer Foundation's managing board is comprised of experienced law enforcement officials and prominent business leaders from across the United States that understand these tragedies and have chosen to take on the ambition goal of engaging the entire nation to support our true heroes – our "fallen officers." We are confident that with the support of the public-private sector that we will be able to fulfill our mission in perpetuity.
Demetrick Pennie, M.A., Ed.D.
Executive DirectorMy name Demetrick Pennie. I am a seventeen-year veteran sergeant with the Dallas Police Department. I am also the current president and principled architect behind of the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation. I am a strong advocate for education, philanthropy, community engagement, and support for law enforcement. I served four years in the United States Army and maintained a secret security clearance. In 1999, after my service term ended, I became a police officer for the City of Dallas. While working as a police officer, I earned several college degrees – graduating with honors including: Associate degree in Administration of Justice from Honolulu Community College, a Bachelor degree in Criminal Justice from Midwestern State University, and a Masters' degree in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University. I recently completed my doctorate degree in Higher Education from Texas Tech University. I am also an adjunct college professor for two major universities specializing in social science doctrine such as: cultural diversity, ethics, and criminal justice. I know it sounds cliché, but I believe that "education is the key to success" and "community service is the cornerstone to social awareness."
SecretaryOfficer Kerri C. Long has been with the Tyler Police Department for over 18 years. She has served in various units throughout the department including Patrol Operations and the Criminal Investigation Division. Kerri is currently assigned with the Investigation and Tactical Unit where she serves as a Community Resource Officer. Her responsibilities include the coordination of major public events, community meetings, and organizing direct communication between the police department and its citizens as a liaison for the department within her assigned area. In addition to her regular assigned duties, Kerri is actively engaged and serves the department in a leadership capacity as an Explorer Advisor mentoring the young men and women of the Boy Scouts of America's Explorer Program. Additionally, Kerri serves the department by assisting in safety classes provided to the women of Tyler, Texas. Kerri has received several citations and awards during her service as a Tyler Police Officer. Further, she sits on the board of the East Texas Crime Prevention Association as the Secretary of Treasure which provides both valuable resources not only to the region but to the Tyler citizens as well. Kerri is part of, and is an active member of the East Texas Substance Abuse Coalition where she assists and coordinates in the education of substance abuse and the proper destruction methods for pharmaceutical drugs within the East Texas Area. Kerri is also part of the Fraud Squad with Better Business Bureau for Tyler.
Therapy DogRon and Marilyn adopted Molly as a rescue in 2010. She was left out in 18 degree weather to die with her mom. But God had bigger plans for her, and she became a certified therapy dog in 2011. Therapy Dog Molly and I have been serving our law enforcement community since 2012. She has been over 5000 visits bringing joy, laughter, and comfort to all she meets. She has responded to officer down calls,crisis events, and other traumatic related calls. Especially when children are involved. She is a proud member of the American Kennel Club (AKC Advanced). We look forward to partnering with the Texas Fallen Officer Foundation in providing support and comfort to those who protect and serve us on a daily basis!