Blue Space is our new retreat for first responders suffering from PTSD. Our main goal is to reduce the number of first responders suicides. Remember that your donations are tax deductible. We are a 501c3 registered non-profit. Let’s be there for our First Responders in the same manner they are there for us in our time of need.
Gunfire as the cause of death is 44% from previous years (2010 to 2018) with 51 cases of death by gunfire in 2018.
Blue Help a non profit working to prevent suicides says there were 159 suicides in 2018
Suicides out number LODD for 3rd straight year 2017 also 159 and 2016 178
Exposure to horrific situations shootings, accidents, etc add to stress and lack of mental health increases possibilities. Data indicates that less than 10% of police depts have suicide prevention services
DATA from Officer Down Memorial Page and it updates daily as researchers update information: www.odmp.org
What began as a desire to give back, became a reality ……
It began with a phone call no Law Enforcement Family wants to receive, “It is with great sadness that we inform you that your loved one has been killed while on duty.” The words and circumstances may be different but the loss, the grief, the emptiness is the same.
From that moment life became a blur and I functioned mechanically not really focusing on what was going on around me. So many thoughts and emotions, how was I ever going to go on? Would I ever feel like living again? How will I deal with the emptiness? Even if you don’t want to think about it, you worry about finances, how are we going to pay bills.
From the moment we received the notification; calls, messages, visits and mail began to come in from all over the country. All of these were from persons we did not even know but all had a common thread, the “Thin Blue Line”. Support was from Law Enforcement Families, Officers, and Supporters of Law Enforcement all sending love, support, and prayers. All of this support definitely helped us through some awful times and provided some comfort and peace.
One evening weeks after Floyd’s memorial as I sat at home with family writing thank you notes, I shared with them that I wanted to give some of that love and support back to others who found themselves in our situation. My family supported my idea 100 percent and even offered to help. They too wanted to do something to honor Floyd and help others, so we began to research needs of Law Enforcement Officers and their families.
We found so much data and information that we had to decide on what we could realistically do. When an officer dies in the line of duty families experience a loss of income immediately. Pay due and insurances are not quickly paid and can even take months depending on the type of death. So, one of our goals was to help a surviving family with immediate one-time financial assistance.
The other area we felt passionate about was helping the Law Enforcement surviving coworker. Law Enforcement Officers experience a tremendous amount of stress in their jobs already and when they lose a coworker friend additional stress is added. Many do not access departmental resources for fear of being labeled so we all agreed that we wanted to help them by providing supportive events to help cope with the loss and stress associated with their jobs.
And we want to do all this by engaging our local law enforcement groups and our community so we can work together and bring about change in perceptions of Law Enforcement here at home and across the country.
Texas635 is an IRS 501c3 certified organzation.
Trooper William Moden
Colorado State Patrol, Colorado
End of Watch Saturday, June 15, 2019
Trooper William Moden was struck and killed by a vehicle while assisting at the scene of an earlier crash on I-70 near mile marker 324 in Deer Trail, Colorado.
He was checking on the occupants of one of the involved vehicles when another car struck him at approximately 9:40 pm. Another trooper on the scene immediately began providing medical care. Trooper Moden was flown to the University of Colorado Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries early the following morning.
Trooper Moden had served with the Colorado State Patrol for 12 years.
Police Officer Steven J. Brown
Port St. Lucie Police Department, Florida
End of Watch Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Police Officer Steven Brown suffered a fatal heart attack after completing a third day of leading the Port St. Lucie Police Athletic League's Police Camp.
He was one of the camp leaders as part of his summertime duties as a school resource officer. The camp involved three days of strenuous outdoor activities including an obstacle course at the Navy UDT-SEAL Museum. Officer Brown collapsed after returning home at the end of his shift on June 12th.
Officer Brown had served with the Port St. Lucie Police Department for 14 years. He is survived by his wife, son, and daughter.
Deputy Sheriff Julius Jamal "Jay" Dailey
Monroe County Sheriff's Office, Alabama
End of Watch Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Deputy Sheriff Jay Dailey was killed in a vehicle crash while responding a burglary in progress at 11:58 pm.
His patrol car left the roadway on a curve in the 1100 block of Highway 41 and overturned, causing him to suffer fatal injuries. He was extricated from the vehicle and transported to a local hospital where he passed away.
Deputy Dailey had served with the Monroe County Sheriff's Office for only four months. He had previously served with the Alabama Department of Corrections and the Thomasville Police Department. He is survived by his daughter.
Fairfax County Police Department, VA
End of watch: February 22, 2019.
Texas635 is an IRS certified 501c3 organization.
Your donations will help us continue to assist our Fallen Officer Families and our surviving Police Co-workers