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.
Sgt./Dr. Demetrick “Tre” Pennie is an active 22-year Dallas Police sergeant. He is the principle founder of the Dallas Fallen Officer Foundation, the Texas Fallen Officer Foundation, and The National Fallen Officer Foundation (respectively). He is a strong advocate for: military service, education, philanthapy, community service and support for law enforcement.
He served 4-years of honorable service in the U.S. Army and previously taught as a university professor. He currently holds several college degrees including: Associate Degree in Administration of Justice from Honolulu Community College, Bachelors Degree in Criminal Justice from Midwestern State University, Masters Degree in Counseling from Prairie View A&M University and a Doctorate of Education from Texas Tech University.
In 2020, he ran for Congress and was considered for a presidential appointment to the White House in 2018. Dr. Pennie is nationally-recognized as a law enforcement advocate who has been featured in many mainstream television, radio and media publications.
Tina Smith, CPA brings more than 15 years in diverse tax, audit, and business consulting experience to her role as a Certified Public Accountant. Tina is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant in the state of Texas and holds two degrees, a Bachelor of Science in History and a Bachelor of Administration in Accounting, both from The University of Texas at Tyler in Tyler, Texas.
Tina is dedicated to helping clients achieve business success by helping them establish practical and sound tax and financial processes. Focused on services for small to medium sized businesses, as well as clients in the nonprofit sector, Tina has expertise in providing comprehensive accounting services, including preparing individual, business, and nonprofit income tax returns, audits, and compilations.
Tina has a long history of support for law enforcement charities. She also has several family members in law enforcement; which serves as one of the reasons that she has remained committed to protecting their interests.
Merlin Lofton is a 20-year “retired” veteran of the Dallas Police Department. Throughout his career, he patrolled some of the highest crime areas in the City of Dallas and has played a key role in helping to build the community policing relationship. Sgt. Lofton has not only jailed violent offenders for crimes, he has also served as a strong advocate for the children in underserved communities.
While serving as a leader of the Heroes, Cops and Kids organization, Sgt. Lofton implemented a program designed to bring police and the community closer together. He effectively bridged the gap for law enforcement by dressing as Captain America and counseling with the youth. Sgt. Lofton’s superhero character earned front page recognition of major news outlets across the United States.
Sgt. Lofton has also been the recipient of numerous prestigious police awards including: the Dallas Police Department’s Life Saving Award and the Meritorious Conduct Award. He has also remained an active participant of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Texas.
Officer Kerri C. Long has been with the Tyler Police Department for over 20 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 and is an active member of the East Texas Substance Abuse Coalition.
In her private capacity, Kerri serves as a member of the Fraud Squad with the Better Business Bureau for Tyler. Kerri also currently serves as the Vice President of the Texas Fallen Officer Foundation.
Eric Feinberg is the founder of Global Intellectual Property Enforcement Center (GIPEC) and the Vice President Content Moderation for Coalition for Safer Web. He worked in the advertising industry for nearly 30 years – working on behalf of Fortune 500 companies sponsoring major sporting and entertainment events. While working for the NFL, Feinberg noticed that ads were appearing alongside social media posts promoting counterfeit NFL apparel from China. Recognizing the illicit-nature of the content and its adverse impact on American manufacturing, Feinberg then began a crusade to identify and remove illegal content from social media platforms.
Feinberg later started the Global Intellectual Property Enforcement Center (GIPEC), where he developed patented machine-learning technology that relies on artificial intelligence and logic to search and sift through thousands of social media posts. Feinberg’s technology has been credited with identifying illegal online content ranging from: radical extremism and violent activity to illegal online drug sales.
As the Vice President of Content Moderation for the Coalition for a Safer Web, Feinberg works with former Ambassador Mark Ginsberg to shed light on dangerous online content. He also provides expert analysis for media outlets around the world and serves as an external advisor for Congress and other major companies.