The concept of a Memorial Foundation had its beginning at a fundraiser for Coeur d'Alene Police Officer, Mike Kralicek, who was severely injured during a gun battle.
Michael Murphy, Gene McCloskey, Eric Schubert and Addison Arce, all retired Los Angeles Police Officers approached various Chief of Police and Fire Departments with the idea of a Memorial Foundation for Kootenai County first responders.
In January of 2005, the aforementioned retirees with the assistance of Charley Dodson and CPA Steve McCaughan drafted the Organizations By-Laws and established the Memorial Foundation as a 501c (3) tax-exempt organization.
January 5, 2015 marked a decade since the organization of Kootenai County Police and Fire Memorial Foundation took shape. Our current Board President, Bud Arce remains as the sole original founding member. We have come a long way. All Directors volunteer their time and efforts. Our Board of Directors receive no compensation for their service.
The Memorial Foundation has been blessed by citizens of our community who have graciously stepped up to the plate to support the Memorial Foundation as our Advisory Committee.
The Memorial Foundation provides financial grants to Kootenai County first responders (including volunteer firefighters) and their families who experience unforeseen catastrophic circumstances including death, illness, and injury.
The Kootenai County Police & Fire Memorial Foundation supports over 350 first responders who serve in Kootenai County, Idaho.
The Memorial Foundation has awarded twenty financial grants, totaling over $49,500. The Board of Directors determines the financial awards; they are confidential and recipients are not required to pay back the award. The Memorial Foundation does not receive benefit from City, County or State agencies.
The Memorial Foundation is a non-taxable public charity that receives funding from local businesses and individual contributions. For more about our sponsors visit the Sponsorship page. City of Coeur d' Alene employees, Post Falls Police Department, Rathdrum Police Department and Northern Lakes Fire Department have established voluntary payroll deductions. Supporting the Memorial Foundation, these Civil Servants are enabling the Memorial Foundation to assist their brother and sister first responders and their families who experience un-foreseen catastrophic circumstances, including death, illness and injury.
The Memorial Foundation's two primary fundraisers are the sponsorship of an annual one-day golf tournament held at Avondale Golf Course in Hayden, Idaho and an annual fundraiser held at Peak Health & Wellness Center located in Post Falls, ID.
In the spring of 2010, the Memorial Foundation implemented a financial scholarship program; participants are High School dependents of first responders, who are college bound. The Memorial Foundation has awarded 12 scholarships totaling over $20,500 since it's inception in 2010.
• Peak Fitness Guns & Hoses 24 hr. Charity Ride • 11th Annual Golf Tournament to be held at Avondale Golf Course on August 4th 2017• Annual "Pennies for Protectors Fundraiser" at Hayden Meadows Elementary School. (Hayden Meadows Elementary has raised over $4,000 since 2006)
Kootenai County Police and Fire Memorial Foundation, Inc. is a privately funded non-profit, tax-exempt public charity.– Addison Arce, President
The best hope is that a Kootenai County first responder will never need the Memorial Foundation's assistance.