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Spirit of Blue Awards Tourniquet Grant to Kentucky State Police in Memory of Fallen Trooper

Friday, September 21st, 2018

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FRANKFORT, KENTUCKY – September 17, 2018 – The Spirit of Blue Foundation announced that it has awarded the Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder Memorial Safety Grant to the Kentucky State Police Foundation (KSPF) to outfit all 1,000 troopers and officers of the Kentucky State Police with lifesaving tourniquets inside of rugged duty belt cases.  The KSP uniform policy was amended to include mandatory wear of the North American Rescue Gen7 C-A-T Tourniquet inside of an Eleven 10 RIGID TQ Case with High Gloss finish and Shirt Shield attachment as part of its official uniform.  Both companies worked with Spirit of Blue to configure the product specifically for KSP.  The grant was funded in large part by a strategic partnership with Law Enforcement United, along with contributions from Eleven 10, North American Rescue and Sportsmen Organized for Law Enforcement, along with a number of smaller private donations, and is valued at $83,970.

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(left to right) Spirit of Blue Foundation Executive Director Ryan T. Smith and Bill Janson, president of Eleven 10, LLC presented a ceremonial check for tourniquets and cases to Brenda Tiffany, mother of fallen Trooper Cameron Ponder, Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders and Sgt. Josh Lawson, commander of the KSP Public Affairs Branch.

The grant is named after KSP Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder, who was killed in the line of duty on Sept. 13, 2015.  Trooper Ponder’s mother, Brenda Tiffany, was instrumental in the inception of this safety grant and was on hand at a special ceremony held at the Kentucky State Police Training Academy on September 13, 2018.

According to Tiffany, this memorial grant is a very fitting way to help remember her son on the third anniversary of his death. “This is the first time I have looked forward to Sept. 13th,” she said. “It’s such a positive contribution on his behalf.”

“On behalf of the Kentucky State Police, I would like to thank The Spirit of Blue Foundation for this very generous grant,” said KSP Commissioner Rick Sanders. “This grant will allow every officer to have immediate access to an effective tool which may save a life of an officer or citizen.”

Tourniquets are vital pieces of medical equipment that officers require on the road in the event of a traumatic injury to an extremity. When only precious minutes exist to treat such an injury, tourniquets are able to be applied individually or on a fellow officer to prevent excessive blood loss until that individual can be placed into medical care.  As a secondary benefit, officers who carry a tourniquet are also able to use them to rescue a member of the community who may have experienced a similar type of injury.

“Tourniquets are quickly becoming one of our most granted pieces of equipment,” explained Ryan T. Smith, Executive Director of the Spirit of Blue Foundation. “The reason is because they are more affordable than most safety equipment and, sadly, officers need this type of lifesaving device more as threats to their lives, and others, become more prevalent.”

To date, Spirit of Blue has granted 2,196 tourniquets nationwide and five documented Community Saves have been made as a result.

Law Enforcement United (LEU), the grant’s sponsor, is an organization of 1,000 active and retired police officers who honor fallen officers and raise funds to assist charitable organizations that serve the law enforcement community.  Each year members of the organization ride 250 miles or more into Washington, DC to participate in National Police Week events and carry flags in honor of each fallen officer which are given to the surviving families upon their arrival.  Since its founding in 2009, LEU has raised over $5,750,000 for law enforcement causes.

Statistics released by the Officer Down Memorial Page show that 105 law enforcement officers have already lost their lives in 2018 – a 5% increase over the same period in the year previous.  40 of those deaths were firearm related, an 18% increase over the same period in 2017.  The reality of these statistics, and the increasing number of underfunded law enforcement agencies across the country, fuel the Spirit of Blue safety grant initiative.

The Spirit of Blue Foundation actively encourages the public at large to honor and appreciate law enforcement officers who serve and protect our communities. By supporting the Spirit of Blue Foundation, the public can make an impact in the lives of law enforcement officers every day. To learn more about the Spirit of Blue, or make a donation, visit www.spiritofblue.org.

Global War on Terror (GWOT) Memorial Foundation Enlists Winstanley Architects & Planners

Thursday, September 20th, 2018

D.C.-based architecture and planning firm will manage the process of realizing a national memorial recognizing the country’s longest war

WASHINGTON, D.C., September 19, 2018 – The Global War on Terror (GWOT) Memorial Foundation, the congressionally-designated non-profit foundation tasked with organizing, fundraising and coordinating efforts to build a new memorial on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., today announced Winstanley Architects & Planners (WA&P) as the Executive Architect for the project.

In this role, WA&P will manage and oversee the 24-step process required by the National Capital Planning Commission (NCPC) and National Capital Memorial Advisory Commission (NCMAC) to design and build a memorial in Washington, D.C.

“Significant commemorative work such as this memorial require a well-laid roadmap to capture the purpose and vision of the project as well as move through necessary government approval processes,” said Michael Winstanley AIA AICP, Founding Principal of WA&P. “Utilizing our multidisciplinary approach and drawing on our many years of experience working in Washington, D.C., we look forward to collaborating with the GWOT Memorial Foundation to guide the planning and development of this unique and historic memorial.”

Over the months ahead, the GWOT Memorial Foundation is focused on advocating for land within the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The foundation and Winstanley will collaborate to gather input from the veteran community and the public to ensure the memorial pays proper tribute to GWOT veterans and their families – and is a true reflection of the American people.

“While the process to build a memorial is linear, we’re enlisting WA&P to collaborate with us in thinking about the bigger picture. With limited available locations on the National Mall, it is vital to demonstrate the scale and impact of the GWOT and a memorial in its remembrance,” said Michael “Rod” Rodriguez, president and CEO of the GWOT Memorial Foundation. “The conflict is filled with a collection of unique experiences by Americans across multiple generations and diverse backgrounds. Our next priorities as a foundation are to educate, encourage dialogue and listen to the voices of our country to ensure the memorial reflects the American people. WA&P will play a key role in that process.”

WA&P is uniquely suited to this assignment. From its origins, the firm has utilized a multidisciplinary approach of architecture and planning critical to assisting the Foundation. Additionally, as the Project Director for the NCPC Memorials and Museums Master Plan, Mr. Winstanley has a keen understanding of the opportunities and nuance of site selection in the nation’s capital.

Once a site is selected and approved, the GWOT Memorial Foundation will host a design competition, where artists from around the country can submit designs that evoke the themes discovered, including those of endurance and sacrifice on a global and multi-cultural scale in America’s longest war.

To learn more about the GWOT Memorial Foundation or to donate, visit gwotmf.org or follow the foundation on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram.

Jamie’s Warriors Heart Fundraiser

Tuesday, September 18th, 2018

BCM employee Jamie H is raising money for the charity Warrior’s Heart.

Warriors Heart is dedicated to giving back to those who have given selflessly, served their country, and risked everything to help others.

Jamie’s mission and goal is to raise awareness that our nation’s greatest still need our fellow Americans support. With your support and donations he is going to sweat and grind for those who given all, and support the Warriors Heart continuous mission.

His plan is to conduct one repetition of various exercises (Tire Flip, Dumbbell Snatch, Dead Lifts, Push Ups, Barbell Clean and Press, Dumbbell bent over rows, Dumbbell Bench press, Standing Military Press, etc) for every Two Dollars donated to the cause. He captures his efforts on video which he posts to Facebook. We suggest you follow Jamie on Facebook to keep up with the fundraising effort.

To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/jamie039s-warriors-heart-fundraiser.

Old Glory Relay

Saturday, September 15th, 2018

The Old Glory Relay kicked off earlier this week at Boston’s Fenway Park and it’s moving its way out to San Diego, to end there on Veteran’s Day.

If you want to track it’s progress, visit share.garmin.com/OldGloryRelay.

One flag, 4,300 miles, and there is still time for people to register and join the relay on the course or register and participate in spirit.

To get involved, visit oldgloryrelay.org.

Stacy Strong 5k- Presented by the EOD Warrior Foundation

Wednesday, September 12th, 2018

The Stacy Strong 5k honors Kenton Stacy a Navy EOD tech who was seriously wounded last November in combat operations.

www.eodwarriorfoundation.org/events

10% of Proceeds from Gerbergear.com Donated to Team Rubicon during #NationalPrepardnessMonth

Tuesday, September 4th, 2018

PORTLAND, OREGON (September 1st, 2018) – GERBER, a leading direct supplier of mission-essential knives, tools, and equipment to the US Military, is proud to support Team Rubicon by donating 10% of all proceeds made during the month of September through www.gerbergear.com in acknowledgment of National Preparedness Month.

Team Rubicon is a non-profit organization whose primary mission is to provide disaster relief in underserved communities. This is done by uniting the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams domestically and internationally.

At the root of Gerber’s on-going partnership with Team Rubicon is a mutual dedication to the veteran community, a hunger to solve problems, and an Unstoppable spirit. Gerber equips deploying teams with knives, multi-tools, and gear that are immediately put to work in Mother Nature’s wake, working tirelessly to rebuild a sense of home and hope.

As Team Rubicon puts it: “Disasters are our business. Veterans are our passion.”


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Gerber’s partnership with Team Rubicon extends several years, offering support through product donations for member kits, event attendance, and new this month: a portion of website sales. Gerber products deploy alongside the Greyshirts to serve worldwide in disaster zones – see which products have earned their place in the toolbelt.

“We believe the unwavering strength and determination of our service members continues well beyond their time in active duty.” said Andrew Gritzbaugh, General Manager of Gerber. “Team Rubicon confirms this belief and leverages the American veteran’s unique skill set in remarkable ways. We are honored to stand behind Team Rubicon and provide support to their members and mission whenever we can.”

To learn more about who Team Rubicon is and how you can help, visit www.TeamRubicon.com.

Livonia Police Department Receives Tourniquet Grant From The Spirit of Blue Foundation; One Life Already Saved

Sunday, September 2nd, 2018

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – August 30, 2018 – The Spirit of Blue Foundation announced that it has awarded a Safety Equipment Grant to the Livonia Police Department (LPD) to outfit its entire force of 150 officers with tourniquets and duty belt pouches.  The Gen7 C-A-T Tourniquets were purchased through North American Rescue and the Tourniquet NOW! Pouches were donated by Blue Force Gear.  The grant was funded by a partnership with Law Enforcement United and is valued at $8,892.


Chief Curtis Caid, along with Officers Alex Maher and Dominic Michels, of the Livonia Police Department (left to right) received the tourniquet safety grant from Spirit of Blue Executive Director Ryan T. Smith (right).  Officers Maher and Michels employed a granted tourniquet in July to save a member of the community.

“On behalf of the members of the Livonia Police Department, I would like to thank The Spirit of Blue Foundation for this very generous grant,” stated Chief Curtis Caid.  “This grant will allow every officer to have immediate access to a lifesaving tourniquet, which may save a life of an officer or citizen.”

And in fact, the Livonia Police Department has already recorded a save with a granted tourniquet.  In July, LPD Officers Alex Maher and Dominic Michels responded to a medical emergency call and encountered an elderly woman whose medication port in her arm had become dislodged.  The woman had already experienced a massive amount of blood loss when they arrived on scene.  Reacting quickly, and captured by their body worn cameras, Officer Michels applied direct pressure to the wound while Officer Maher employed his granted tourniquet on the woman’s arm.  According to statements made by emergency room staff, who later treated the woman after she was transported to the hospital, her life was saved by their quick thinking and application of the tourniquet.

Tourniquets are vital pieces of medical equipment that officers require on the road in the event of a traumatic injury to an extremity. When only precious minutes exist to treat such an injury, tourniquets are able to be applied individually or on a fellow officer to prevent excessive blood loss until that individual can be placed into medical care.  As a secondary benefit, officers who carry a tourniquet are also able to use them to rescue a member of the community who may have experienced a similar type of injury.

To date, Spirit of Blue has granted 2,196 tourniquets nationwide and four documented Community Saves have been made as a result.

“Tourniquets are quickly becoming one of our most granted pieces of equipment,” explained Ryan T. Smith, Executive Director of the Spirit of Blue Foundation.  “The reason is because they are more affordable than many other pieces of safety equipment and, sadly, officers need this type of lifesaving device more and more as their landscape changes and threats to their lives become more prevalent.”

Law Enforcement United (LEU), the grant’s sponsor, is an organization of 1,000 active and retired police officers who honor fallen officers and raise funds to assist charitable organizations that serve the law enforcement community.  Each year members of the organization ride 250 miles or more into Washington, DC to participate in National Police Week events and carry flags in honor of each fallen officer which are given to the surviving families upon their arrival.  Since its founding in 2009, LEU has raised over $5,750,000 for law enforcement causes.

Statistics released by the Officer Down Memorial Page show that 98 law enforcement officers have already lost their lives in 2018 – a 5% increase over the same period in the year previous.  38 of those deaths were firearm related, a 23% increase over the same period in 2017.  The reality of these statistics, and the increasing number of underfunded law enforcement agencies across the country, fuel the Spirit of Blue safety grant initiative.

The Spirit of Blue Foundation actively encourages the public at large to honor and appreciate law enforcement officers who serve and protect our communities. By supporting the Spirit of Blue Foundation, the public can make an impact in the lives of law enforcement officers every day. To learn more about the Spirit of Blue, or make a donation, visit www.spiritofblue.org.

Former Police Chief, Technology Veteran Gary Blair Joins Spirit of Blue Board of Directors

Monday, July 23rd, 2018

Former Police Chief, Technology Veteran Gary Blair Joins Spirit of Blue Board of Directors.

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK – July 19, 2017 – The Spirit of Blue Foundation is pleased to announce that Gary Blair has joined its Board of Directors and is serving in the role of Board Chairman.  Blair has a rich blend of military, law enforcement, corporate and non-profit experience that makes him a perfect fit for this role with the Foundation.  As Chairman of the Board, he will lead the organization through a new round of strategic planning, development of the Board and will spearhead the fundraising effort to ensure the stability and longevity of the Foundation.

“For the majority of my career I have had the opportunity to work in and with many agencies in the law enforcement community. My passion has always been to support, enable and protect the safety of the men and women of law enforcement. This role enables me to continue that passion,” commented Gary Blair.

Gary Blair began his career in the United States Air Force Security Forces.  Upon being discharged he started his law enforcement career as a police officer in the State of Ohio.  He rose to the rank of Chief of Police.  Gary then took his expertise in organized crime investigations to the insurance industry, creating anti-fraud programs for insurers in the United States, Canada and Europe.  He then served as a senior executive for three property casualty companies in the areas of claims and operations.  He returned to government service in the State of Michigan as a Division Director for the Michigan State Police and then CIO for Michigan’s Public Protection Agencies with the department of Information Technology.  Additionally, he worked at Oracle and Hewlett Packard developing and implementing technology solutions for law enforcement.  Gary currently consults through his firm Way Forward LLC, serves on the board of the Child and Family Services of Northwestern Michigan, and now chairs the Spirit of Blue Foundation Board of Directors.

“Very quickly I realized what a resource and wonderful leader Gary is,” commented Ryan T. Smith, Executive Director of the Spirit of Blue.  “He certainly asks for results and expects you to deliver, but at the same time he cares for the people he works with.  At his core, though, he is a police officer and it is easy to see that the issues that affect our nation’s law enforcement officers are important to him.  I sincerely appreciate his willingness to lead our organization into our next phase of growth and impact for this community.”

Since 2011, the Spirit of Blue Foundation has awarded 63 grants in 28.  The grants have varied from patrol rifles, body armor, riot control gear, AED’s, K9’s, forensic software, flashlights, Police/Youth Dialogue training, night vision optics, LED flares, ballistic helmets and self-contained breathing apparatus.  To learn more about the Spirit of Blue, or make a donation, visit www.spiritofblue.org.