The 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 Foundation's strategic mission is to: raise awareness about threats to officer safety; provide law enforcement advocacy; and provide assistance to police families.
The National Fallen Officer Foundation also provides education and support programs that encourage law enforcement and community engagement. The Foundation operates in an "exclusive" space considering that its services are offered free of charge. There are no membership requirements associated with receiving a benefit nor are there any restrictions placed on donations made to families.
The National Fallen Officer Foundation's executive board is composed of experienced law enforcement officials from across the United States. Our board members are uniquely qualified and understand the issues impacting the current state of law enforcement in America.
SGT. DEMETRICK “TRE” PENNIE, M.A., ED.D.
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, philanthropy, 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.
SGT. MERLIN LOFTON
Director of Operations/Field Director
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.
Director of Records/Secretary
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.
Ethan Stone has been a full stack web developer since 2001 and has managed websites for various political organizations at the local, state, and national level. He has worked with Sgt. Pennie since 2016 and currently maintains the National Fallen Officer Foundation and Texas Fallen Officer Foundation websites. In addition to web development and design, Ethan offers a wide array of technological services including video editing, server administration, email blasting, and social media administration. Ethan studied graphic design and basic accounting at Brigham Young University-Idaho where he completed a bachelor's degree in professional studies. He lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, with his wife and three children.
Mark is the Principal Consultant of Monroy CFO Advisory Services LLC, which provides fractional CFO services to businesses primarily in the professional service industry. He most recently played an instrumental role with a $180 million revenue security/broker-dealer client in preparing and reviewing audited financial statements and quality of earnings reports for potential mergers. Last serving as the Chief Financial Officer of a 250+ attorney law firm, Mark helps businesses strategically devise a methodical plan to increase profitability, reduce expenses, and improve cash flow. He has led multiple businesses through ERP upgrades and implementations as well as the completion of cloud-based financial reporting platforms. His passion is helping businesses succeed through a servant leadership philosophy.
Mark holds a B.S. in Accounting and M.S in Accounting from the University of Dallas in Irving, Texas.