How did the Kootenai County Police and Fire Memorial get started? 

In 2005, a Coeur d’ Alene police officer was seriously injured in 
a gun battle. As the officer began his long road to recovery, Idaho worker’s compensation insurance was denying essential services for the officer’s rehabilitation.

Four retired Los Angeles police officers saw the need for a support group to financially assist first responders with expenses which their medical insurance did not cover. 

As a result the four retired police officers filed for a 501.c. (3) non-profit corporation and in 2006 the Kootenai County Police & Fire memorial Foundation was founded.

What is the Kootenai County Police & Fire Memorial Foundation (KCPFMF)?

The KCPFMF is a non-profit 501.(c) 3 charity. The board of director’s consists of fifteen members of the community and an advisory committee. All directors and advisory committee members volunteer their time, no one is paid.

Directors: Addison A. Arce (retired police officer), Pat Knight (police officer, Post Falls Police Department ), William Dodd (firefighter, Coeur d’ Alene Fire Dept.), Lee Brainard (police officer, Coeur d’ Alene Police Officer), C.J. Buck (Buck Knives, CEO), Steve Casey (retired school principal), John Friesz (retired NFL player), Tom Hiltenbrand (firefighter, Coeur d’ Alene Fire Dept.), Nolan Holbrook (retired police officer) Katie Hunt (Advance Benefits, Busines Development Coordinator), Eric Knudtsen (Owner Knudstsen Chevrolet), Lee Richardson (deputy sheriff, Kootenai Co. Sheriff Dept.),Greg Wetzel (field mgr. 1800Boardup) Mike White (GM, Parker Toyota) and Leza Wright (Manager, Umpqua Bank).

Advisory committee: Mike Murphy, Karen Corcoran, Bill Gough, Mike Kralicek, Carrie Kralicek, Heather Wichman, Jerry Wiedenhoff and Christie Wood.

How do you help police officers and fire fighters who need help?

When a request for assistance is received, a follow-up investigation is conducted. The findings are presented to the board of directors in executive session. That decision is only discussed with the board of directors and the person(s) making the request. If a financial award is made the recipient is not required to repay the Foundation.

What is your taxpayer ID number?

Tax Payer ID #20-3926660

What is your mailing address?

Kootenai County Police & Fire Memorial Foundation, Inc.
 PO Box 1748
       Hayden, ID   83835

Where is the Kootenai County Police & Fire Memorial Foundation located?

The KCPFMF is located in Kootenai County, Idaho. The Foundation supports first responders working in Kootenai County, which include:

Fire: Coeur d’ Alene Fire Dept., Kootenai County Fire & Rescue, Northern Lakes Fire Dept., Spirit Lake Fire Dept., Timberlake Fire Dept., Mica Bay-Kidd Isl. Fire Dept., Worley Fire Dept., Hauser Lake Fire Dept. and Eastside Fire Dept.

Police- Coeur d’ Alene Police Dept., Post Falls Police Dept., Kootenai County Sheriff Office, Rathdrum Police Dept., Spirit Lake Police Dept., Hayden Lake Police Dept., Idaho State Police and Coeur d’ Alene Tribe Police Dept.

I  am uncomfortable with inputting my credit card information on your site over the Internet, can I call and give you credit card info?

Yes, please use the Foundation listed telephone on our website.

 Do you accept checks?

Yes, please make checks payable to: 

      PO Box 1748
Hayden, ID  83835

When and where is your golf tournament?

The Foundation golf tournament is held each year at Avondale golf course (, located in Hayden, Idaho. The golf tournament is generally held the second week of August.

What are your fundraising events?

Our golf tournament is the Foundation major fundraiser. Additionally Capone’s Pub & Grill in Post Falls, ID.( holds an annual fundraiser, as does Peak Fitness & Wellness in Post Falls, ID (


 Do I get anything other than a tax deduction for my donation to the Kootenai County Police & Fire Foundation?

A thank you letter with your donation listed is sent to you with the Foundation taxpayer ID number.

Can I follow the KCPFMF on Twitter, Instagram and or Facebook?!

Yes, the Foundation subscribes all social media outlets!

I was on your website and now I can't find the page, what happened?

From time to time we do site maintenance. The page you are looking for can be found visiting our search page.

I am in charge of of corporate sponsorship at my company. Are you looking for sponsorship?

Yes, we have several fundraising events throughout the year 
and welcome sponsorship!

I am a high school student; I am interested in applying for the KCPFMF scholarship award. Can I download an application?

To apply for the annual scholarship award you must be a dependent of a first responder who works in Kootenai County, and is graduating from high school.  The scholarship announcement is posted in January and may be downloaded from the KCPFMF website.

Do you have a Foundation newsletter?

 Yes. We are glad you asked. Our newsletter will be sent out annually at the end of the calendar year. Be sure to sign up and enter your email address at the bottom of this page.

What other fundraising events do you have on your schedule?

March~ Peak Fitness (Post Falls) Health & Wellness 12 hr Indoor Relay Bike Ride

May ~ “Pennies for protectors," Hayden Meadows Elementary

May ~ Guns & Hoses Hockey game

July ~ Capone’s Pub & Grill fundraiser

August ~ Annual Golf Tournament

What is Guns and Hoses?

The “Guns and Hoses” theme was coined by the Kootenai County Fire & Rescue fire department in 2012. A charity hockey game between police officers and firefighters was established to benefit KCPFMF!