ABOUT THE MEMORIAL FOUNDATION
The Kootenai County Police and Fire Memorial Foundation, Inc. was founded in 2005 as a result of a serious injury to a City of Coeur d'Alene police officer that engaged an armed suspect. Due to the officer's subsequent surgical and rehabilitation requirements, it became evident that the officer and his family had difficulty obtaining additional services from Idaho worker’s compensation board.
Several retired Los Angeles police officers prepared & filed for a non-profit Memorial Foundation. In 2006, the Foundation received their 501 © 3 status.
The Memorial Foundation was established to provide 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.
To this date, the Foundation has awarded seventeen financial grants, totaling over $30,000. The Board of Directors determines the financial awards; they are confidential and recipients are not required to pay back the award.
All Directors’ volunteer their time and effort. Directors receive no compensation for their services.
The Foundation does not receive funding from City, County or State agencies. The Foundation is a non-taxable public charity that receives funding from local businesses and individual contributions only. City of Coeur d’ Alene employees, Post Falls Police Department and Rathdrum Police Department have established voluntarily payroll deductions to the Foundation.
The Foundation’s two primary fundraisers are the sponsorship of an annual one-day golf tournament held at Avondale Golf Course in Hayden, ID and an annual fundraiser held at Capone’s pub and Grill located in Post Falls, ID.
In the spring of 2010, the Foundation implemented an annual financial scholarship program; participants are High School dependents of first responders, who are college bound. To date the Foundation has awarded over $14,000 in scholarships.
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The Foundation purchased software allowing a police officer to communicate using his eyes while in the late stages of Lou Gehrig’s disease. It gave him the ability to communicate with his loved ones long after the disease took his speech. His family remembers those conversations fondly since his passing.
When a terminal illness took the life of a local police officer, the Foundation purchased enough fuel for his widow to keep her warm through the approaching winter. No spouse should suffer the cold while mourning such a profound loss.
After a near-fatal shooting of a police officer, the Foundation provided funds to purchase rehabilitation equipment, helping the officer to walk and to regain his motor skills. Just as our first responders step into harm’s way to serve their communities, the Foundation steps forward to serve the responders in their time of need.
A firefighter was injured on the job and awaited surgery when he and his wife were blessed with a daughter. Christmas quickly approached; medical bills for his injury and for the birth of their daughter mounted. The Foundation provided relief for the young family, and they were able to enjoy their first Christmas as parents.
After realizing he was infected with a rare blood disease, a firefighter found a promising treatment in California. The Foundation provided transportation and lodging so he could receive the best possible care. The firefighter is still on duty today.
After a firefighter contracted a rare infection demanding surgery in Seattle to repair bone, muscle and skin tissues, the Foundation paid for lodging so he could heal and recover with loved ones.
A police officer’s child was born prematurely; a follow-up surgery and extended hospital stays were required. The Foundation assisted with travel, lodging and other expenses to keep the family together so they could concentrate on the child’s health and welfare.
A police officer is tragically killed in the line of duty. The officer’s family was burden with unforeseen expenses for the funeral arrangements. The Foundation assisted funeral , travel and lodging expenses for family members.